CORE relies on volunteers to keep our program running. Volunteers help make sure our students graduate with all the skills and tools they need for successful careers. Contact CORE at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703/931-7346 ext. 101 about attending a volunteer orientation.
Current Volunteer Positions
Career Development Coach – Fairfax, Falls Church, Herndon and Alexandria
Help adult students work toward career success! Career Development Coaches are needed to work as a part of a team of volunteers teaching job search strategy topics including goal setting, resume writing and interview techniques.
Computer Refurbishment Technician – Falls Church
Help our tech team refurbish donated computers to provide students in need with a home computer system. Use and develop your skills to impact the lives of low-income adult students and their families who might not have had previous computer access.
Computer Training Instructor – Falls Church, Alexandria, Fairfax and Herndon
CORE is seeking an instructor to be a part of a team of volunteers teaching a group of 12 adult student learning computer and job-search skills to equip them for better jobs. The computer instructor is responsible for teaching Windows 7, Internet navigation and Microsoft Office 2010.
Keyboarding Instructor (Evenings) – Fairfax
Be a part of a team of volunteers teaching computer and job search skills to a class of 12 adult students. Students learn fundamental keyboarding skills and achieve a typing speed of 25 wpm.
Saturday Tutor – Falls Church
The Saturday Tutor is responsible for assisting students who need extra assistance or confidence working with concepts they are learning in the classroom (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
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Ed Delacruz, IT Strategy Lead
Ed has a fast-paced career as a consultant for a database software company. As a refurbishment volunteer for CORE, he creates images and “ghosts” them onto similar model machines. He also helps with troubleshooting and configuring machines after they have been imaged. Ed appreciates the flexibility of his role and the fact that it allows him to share what he knows with others. One of his favorite aspects of volunteering is working to reach CORE’s results-based goals. “We are helping people obtain valued skills and start a career,” he says. “It is truly something that you can say changes lives.”
Justin Darkoch, Saturday Tutor, Success Strategies Coach, Computer Training Instructor
Justin moved to the DC area in 2005 after graduating from Duke University and found CORE on Volunteer Match. He had previously volunteered as assistant coordinator for a program where he developed and taught computer lessons for after-school programs at a community center. He wanted to volunteer in a similar capacity, so he attended a CORE information session.
Justin started volunteering with CORE as a tutor on Saturday mornings, then decided to become a Success Strategies instructor teaching job skills. After several semesters, he became a computer training instructor, a role that suited his technology background. He now volunteers as a substitute instructor, tutor and information session leader. He describes CORE students as very eager to learn noting that most students work full-time, often in multiple jobs – yet still come to CORE each day, excited to gain the skills that will change their lives. “Computer CORE has a ton of great success stories,” Justin says. “I am always encouraged when I see former students come back to help celebrate the next semester’s graduation.”
Saunji Fyffe, Grant Writer, Practice Interviewer, Tutor Coordinator
Saunji has worn many hats at Computer CORE. She learned about CORE through Volunteer Match while searching for an opportunity to learn grant writing. In 2007, she began volunteering with the grant writing team. She later helped with admissions and has also conducted practice interviews and tutored students, soon taking on the role of tutor coordinator. She manages to volunteer regularly even though she has a demanding schedule as a doctoral candidate at Virginia Tech’s Center for Public Administration and Policy and a research associate at the Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy’s Urban Institute.
One of Saunji’s favorite aspects of volunteering with CORE is the interaction with other volunteers and students. “The volunteers at CORE share a sincere concern for the students and the organization,” she says. “Each time I work with someone, I am inspired by their passion and commitment to help the students succeed, as well as to help CORE continue to thrive.”