You might feel that life is moving too fast, or you’re just too busy. But you were created to live fully in the moment, to use and grow your talents and gifts by connecting with and serving others who are less fortunate. We invite you to join with our Church Partners and diverse Volunteer teams who are working together to transform the lives of the chronically underemployed men and women who are stalled in their jobs, their lives or both through an innovative, faith-based training course. The course is just the beginning of a life-changing series of opportunities for them. And it’s a unique opportunity for talented people like you to integrate faith and work to personally impact working poor families, and even change the course of future generations, right here in our community. This is what you were made for.
Mike Zizmer, LifeWorks Coach & Financial Partner
“Being a mentor in the classes was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. It’s awesome to watch people get out of debt, take care of their families and create a career for themselves. Watching the transformation in the way they feel about themselves is a testimony to the way God feels about us.”
Sonya Coleman, LifeWorks Graduate
“I was a young single mother, high school dropout and in an abusive relationship. LifeWorks opened up my world in unbelievable ways—they gave me a bridge to a new life path. I’m now a Registered Nurse pursuing my Master’s degree, my oldest son is pharmacist and my younger kids are on track for college. I feel like it’s a miracle. ”
Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his deed. – Proverbs 19:17
A New Way To Transform Poor Families
Across Florida, 45% of households struggle to afford the basic necessities of housing, childcare, food, healthcare and transportation. About two-thirds of these are the ‘working poor’ or chronically underemployed families.* The Jobs Partnership provides a proven solution built on the Biblical truth that all people are created and designed by God to work, to be fruitful and to have purpose in their lives. We work together with our Church Partners to provide an innovative, no-cost training course for these men and women, called LifeWorks.
* United Way ALICE Study
What It Is
LifeWorks is like a boot-camp for life and work, with practical, Biblical teaching that transforms the head and heart. The 12-week course meets for one evening per week, twice per year at regional training sites around Central Florida. The first night of class Students are paired with volunteer Coaches, who serve as their mentor and advocate, helping them develop a Career Pathway and restoring hope in the process. Throughout the course, Students have numerous opportunities to engage with our Community Resource Partners, Educational Partners, Employer Partners and Church Partners. And that’s just the beginning. After Graduation, The Jobs Partnership team provides recommendations and referrals to Partners as the Students take action on their customized Career Plan. The goal is to equip them, empower them, and launch them into a career-path opportunity that will lead to a family-sustaining
wage as they continue the way forward....The Way Up.
How It Works
We provide everything needed for our Church Partners to promote, plan and run a LifeWorks Training course with the ongoing guidance and support of our team at The Jobs Partnership. In other words, the course is a ministry of local churches working together, using the structure, resources and tools provided by The Jobs Partnership. Most Church Partners choose to collaborate together in providing the class at an agreed-upon Training Site. Each Church Partner can choose to play the role or roles that best suit Their capabilities and strengths.
When you Volunteer for The Jobs Partnership, you’re fulfilling what you were created to do: to serve alongside others, care for people, and share your gifts with the community.
Coaches are the lifeblood of the LifeWorks Training, personally encouraging, mentoring and guiding the Students to reach their God-given potential. We train each Coach to walk alongside his or her Students. If you are passionate about career/personal development, have a strong relationship with God, excellent interpersonal skills, and enjoy leading small groups, this may be the role for you.
Time Commitment: 1 training day + 1 evening/week for 12 weeks
2. Signature Events
Volunteers assist during 3 signature events conducted throughout the LifeWorks course: Resource Fair, Career Fair and the Graduation. They may help with setup, welcome guests as they arrive, register participants and may also assist with parking.
Time commitment: 2 hours per event
3. One-Time Opportunities
Do you have a passion for teaching? Our Instructors are experienced teachers and trainers that delivers Biblical soft-skills and career planning content in the LifeWorks class, using our Instructor Guides for each module. If you are a pastor, business leader, HR/Training professional or similar, this could be the right role for you.
Do you love to interview and coach people? Our Interview Coaches are HR professionals and hiring managers who conduct practice interviews with LifeWorks Students during the Interview Prep class.
SUITED FOR SUCCESS
Do you know what it takes to look sharp? Suited for Success Volunteers with our Church Partners serve as greeters and personal shoppers, outfitting the men enrolled in LifeWorks with interview attire, in preparation for job interviews.
Do you love to get a specific project done? Our Special Projects Volunteers work on specific administrative functions at the JP office, including phone calls, assembling materials, data entry and event preparation.
BOARD COMMITTEE MEMBER
Do you love to serve with a team? Our Board Committee Members are industry leaders and content experts who serve on one of several committees chaired by a Jobs Partnership Board Member.
4. Prayer Team
For hearts to change, for lives to change, the supernatural must take place. The Prayer Support Team offers critical prayer covering for the Jobs Partnership Board, Staff, Volunteers, Students, Partners and Donors. Time Commitment is flexible.
Become a Volunteer
All of our classroom Volunteers complete a one-day training session and enjoy ongoing education, training and mentorship by our Leadership Team. All other Volunteers receive hands-on training or instruction.
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