Study finds volunteering increases odds of finding job

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by TERESA YUAN / KING 5 News

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Posted on June 20, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 20 at 7:32 AM

SEATTLE -- The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) just released findings that people who volunteer have 27 percent higher odds of getting hired based on federal research.

“I've told many of my friends that’s a foot in the door. Find an organization or field that you like and spend some time in it. It’s a great way to get an understanding if it's something you really like without entirely switching your career,” said Catherine Mcauliffe.

Mcauliffe volunteered at Northwest Harvest in high school and in college. She made connections and kept in contact with the food bank. After college, she was hired as a full-time employee.

Northwest Harvest says volunteers are vital to their operations.This year thee organization surpassed its goal of more than 100,000 volunteer hours for the fiscal year, which is equivalent to 50 full-time employees.

It's a work force many nonprofit groups rely on.

“I encourage people to think about what they might think of non-traditional forms of volunteering. Volunteering in a soup kitchen is fantastic, in a park clean up all also amazing, but maybe you're a movie buff and the Seattle International Film Festival takes volunteers. There's a local group called Zeno and they help kids be successful in math. Maybe you could be playing math games with children,” said Holly Wyrwich with Flash Volunteer, a Seattle volunteer group run entirely by volunteers.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which is looking for summer visitor center volunteers, has some summer volunteering tips.

The foundation recommends:

  • Find your inspiration - the best volunteer experiences are ones your passionate about
  • Volunteer as a group
  • Donate your skills
  • Don't over commit

A list of volunteer website includes:

 

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