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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 nora@computercore.org or call 703/931-7346 #4 about attending a volunteer orientation.

Current Volunteer Positions

Volunteer Kelvin leads Computer CORE classesCareer Development Instructor: Coach students on practical career and life skills in order to find new jobs, get promotions and/or enroll in further training/education. Teach skills such as resume writing, cover letter writing, goal-setting, planning, interviewing, and online searches.

Computer Refurbishment Technician:
Helps 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.

Lead Computer Instructor: Teaches the basic computing skills curriculum to 12 students and monitors their progress. Topics include, but are not limited to: email, Internet Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

Computer Teaching Assistant: Assist the lead instructor in teaching basic computing skills curriculum to 12 students and monitoring their progress; ensure that the students receive individual attention needed to be successful; and assist with the completion of necessary administrative tasks.

Keyboard Instructor: Be part of a team of volunteers teaching computer and job search skills to a class of 12 adult students. Students learn the fundamental keyboarding skills and achieve a typing speed of 20 wpm.

Saturday morning Tutors (Falls Church): Provide one-on-one support to students who need extra support, to make up an exam or a missed class, or simply review challenging concepts. This takes place at the Baileys location.

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Volunteer Stories

Ed DelacruzEd 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 FyffeSaunji 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.”