Erie Neighborhood House — a non-profit that has served immigrant communities since 1870. The streets surrounding the organization are calm, but inside it is bustling with activity; there are after-school programs, citizenship classes, GED courses and job-retraining sessions all taking place simultaneously. When you step foot into Erie, you can feel the positivity and sense of community pouring out of every corner of the building. Recently, United Way’s Young Leaders Society (YLS) volunteers were lucky enough to experience this wonderful partner of United Way’s first-hand. One of Erie’s many programs is an Adult Education Program the Pathways to Success: Health Care Bridge. The Health Care Bridge provides participants with Medical Assistant & CPR/First Aid certifications. YLS and Erie partnered to provide soft-skills training for the students to prepare them for interviewing after completing their courses. In one evening, participants from the Health Care Bridge completed mock interviews, received feedback, and felt more confident about the next step in their careers. The most rewarding aspect of this engagement was that it was mutually beneficial – the YLS volunteers felt their own sense of accomplishment and experience gained from conducting an interview. As young professionals, the volunteers had not necessarily had the experience interviewing candidates for a job. It was an excellent feeling for them to walk away knowing that they had helped the Erie House students, but also enhanced their own professional development as well. It’s engagements like these that remind us about the importance of the work that United Way and our incredible partners are accomplishing – in just one evening, this small but important volunteer activity contributed to our larger LIVE UNITED 2020 vision for 100,0000 households to achieve economic stability. Thank you to Erie Neighborhood House & Young Leaders Society for helping us LIVE UNITED!
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