When Erica Butler moved to Charlotte last summer, she wanted to meet new friends and put some of her free time to good use. “I did a Google search for ‘volunteering in Charlotte’ and found Hands On Charlotte,” she said.
Erica was intrigued by HOC’s skills-based volunteer program, which matches specific interests and talents of volunteers with the needs of partner organizations in Charlotte. As a financial analyst, Erica was able to bring her database management experience and detail-oriented focus to the Community Development Department at Central Piedmont Community College.
CPCC had approached Hands On Charlotte for additional resources when, like many other educational institutions, the college lost staff positions due to budget reductions. Help was needed to coordinate the many volunteers who mentor CPCC students in the college’s GED program, draft newsletters to distribute to volunteers, and act as a liaison between volunteers and CPCC instructors.
Hands On Charlotte connected Erica with CPCC and she began her role in January. “It’s really nice to see the whole picture,” she said of her volunteer responsibilities in the mentoring program. “It was a way to do something meaningful and I like being involved.”
Although the SBV position is a one-year commitment, Erica said the flexibility of being able to volunteer her time in the evening, while at home, is an ideal role for a busy schedule.
Erica said she has already developed a new friendship with the staff at CPCC and is looking forward to getting to know the mentoring program’s volunteers.
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