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Join the Workforce Development Team

Program Assistant

Update, copy and organize class materials; schedule classrooms as needed, print appropriate open jobs for clients, assist in job readiness class, contact clients and/or employers as requested, assist with statistical reports; record attendance and other data in Excel spreadsheet; attend staff meetings; perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications
  • Able to follow direction and work independently
  • Likes office work
  • Proficient in Outlook, Word and Excel
  • Good organizational skills
  • Good customer service and telephone skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to work in a multicultural environment and with underserved populations
  • Demonstrates good work ethic
  • Has reliable transportation and is able to commute to downtown Jacksonville
  • Available a minimum of two days per week for 3-4 hours each day.
Skills/Knowledge Students Will Obtain through this Service Opportunity

Students will obtain a broad understanding of how non-profits function; where they obtain funding, personnel, and how their mission drives program objectives. By participating in a job readiness class students will be exposed to the latest techniques for creating cover letters and resumes; observe mock interviews; and identify methods of networking through others. Students will increase verbal and written communication skills through assignments and day-to-day communication with director, staff, clients and volunteers. Students will enhance their computer skills through use of Outlook, Word and Excel. Students may practice and improve presentation skills by teaching a portion of the job readiness course and receiving feedback from master teachers.

Mission Statement

The mission of Catholic Charities is to provide services to anyone in need, regardless of race or religion, to advance justice, human dignity, and quality of life, and to call all people to join in these efforts, thereby reflecting the compassion of God in Christ.

History and Major Programs

Catholic Charities Bureau, Inc. grew from St. Mary’s Home, Florida’s first child care institution. Incorporated in 1945, Catholic Charities has served the Jacksonville community for 69 years. Today our programs include: Workforce Development, Emergency Financial Assistance, a Food Program, a Program serving persons living with HIV/AIDS, Refugee Resettlement and English as a Second Language instruction, Camp I Am Special for persons with emotional, physical, and developmental disabilities, Immigration Services, Pregnancy Counseling, a Program for Seafarers and an Adoption Program. In FY 2012-13, our programs served 18,714. While Catholic Charities is a faith based organization, 84% of our clients who share their religious affiliation are not Catholic.

Program Description and Purpose

The Workforce Development Program helps low-income, unemployed and underemployed persons 18 years of age and older gain the skills needed to find employment and achieve financial stability. Clients receive intensive one-on-one job readiness training, assistance with job searches and overcoming barriers to employment. More than one in four of our Emergency Financial Assistance clients ask for help in finding a job and are referred to our Workforce Development Program. Referrals are also received from local community partners.

Join the Workforce Development Pre-Screening Team

Pre-screening Associate

Are you a people-person? Do you like to help others get ahead? Are you a proponent of training and education? By serving on the Workforce Development pre-screening team, you will conduct telephone pre-screenings of clients interested in the Workforce Development Program, schedule clients for the intake/assessment process, answer questions, and encourage clients to fully participate in the program.

Qualifications
  • Able to follow direction and work independently
  • Likes telephone work; proficient in Outlook and Excel
  • Good organizational skills
  • Excellent customer service and telephone skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to work in a multicultural environment and with underserved populations
  • Demonstrates good work ethic
  • Has reliable transportation and is able to commute to downtown Jacksonville
  • Available a minimum of two days per week for 3-4 hours each day
Skills/Knowledge Students Will Obtain through this Service Opportunity

Students will obtain a broad understanding of how non-profits function; where they obtain funding, personnel, and how their mission drives program objectives. Students will increase verbal and written communication skills through assignments and day-to-day communication with director, staff, clients and volunteers. Students will enhance their computer skills through use of Outlook, Word and Excel.

Mission Statement

The mission of Catholic Charities is to provide services to anyone in need, regardless of race or religion, to advance justice, human dignity, and quality of life, and to call all people to join in these efforts, thereby reflecting the compassion of God in Christ.

Vision

The vision of Catholic Charities is for all families of Northeast Florida to have the services and resources necessary to remain self-sufficient, safe, secure, functional, strong and vital.

History and Major Programs

Catholic Charities Bureau, Inc. grew from St. Mary’s Home, Florida’s first child care institution. Incorporated in 1945, Catholic Charities has served the Jacksonville community for 69 years. Today our programs include: Workforce Development, Emergency Financial Assistance, a Food Program, a Program serving persons living with HIV/AIDS, Refugee Resettlement and English as a Second Language instruction, Camp I Am Special for persons with emotional, physical, and developmental disabilities, Immigration Services, Pregnancy Counseling, a Program for Seafarers and an Adoption Program. In FY 2012-13, our programs served 18,714.

Program Description and Purpose

The Workforce Development Program helps low-income, unemployed and underemployed persons 18 years of age and older gain the skills needed to find employment and achieve financial stability. Clients receive intensive one-on-one job readiness training and assistance with overcoming barriers to employment. More than one in four of our Emergency Financial Assistance clients ask for help in finding a job and are referred to our Workforce Development Program. Referrals are also received from the local community, CareerSource (formerly WorkSource) and through partnerships with other social service providers: Community Connections, Ability Housing, Shiloh Baptist Church, United Way’s RealSense Prosperity Campaign, Jacksonville Job Corps, and the Hispanic Institute for Life and Leadership of Northeast Florida.

Contact

Ida Gropper, Program Director, Workforce Development Program

  • Location  Catholic Charities, Jacksonville
    134 East Church Street
    Jacksonville, FL 32202
  • Email address  workforcedev@ccbjax.org

First Coast Food Pantry

  • Telephone number  (904) 803-0136
  • Location  49 N. Bowlan St, Jacksonville, FL 32211 (off Atlantic Blvd)
  • Hours  MWF, 9:30 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.; Tu, 9:30 a.m. — 6:30 p.m.
Volunteer Job Descriptions
  • Produce Packer
    Assists in the unpacking and repackaging of incoming foods to the warehouse; assists in the organization of goods within the warehouse.
  • Volunteer Receptionist
    Answers telephone and walk-in inquiries, research, some computer and typing. Interacting with sponsors and help coordinating events.
  • Volunteer Warehouse Worker
    Helps load, unload and sort food items; keep facility and cooler clean.
  • Food Sorter
    Helps sort food salvage in accordance with established procedures; assists with required quality control inspections of sorted salvage.
  • Site Distribution
    Completes paperwork at sites; coordinates volunteer work at sites; helps arrange delivery for shut-ins, and other tasks.
  • Distributor
    Helps to set up, distribute, and clean up pantry product distribution.
  • General Worker
    Helps stack pallet for carryout, pulls out to vehicle; handles very large amounts of poundage; assists with loading; helps in stocking when needed; fills in for weigher and/ or assistant while shopping Pantry; provides assistance to clients, keeps the distribution area clean and free of safety hazards.
  • Media Worker.
    Need someone who is great with media channels facebook , websites and telecommunication etc.

Opportunities for Upcoming Graduates

Community Schools in JaxCome join the Resource Development Team here at Communities in Schools working with AmeriCorps VISTA. The position provides a living allowance, health insurance and a yearly education award with a one year commitment.

 

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