A firefighter for the City of Fort Worth, Chris Ledford handles everything from medical emergencies and car wrecks to putting out fires. Dedicated to supporting the members of his Fort Worth community outside of emergency situations, Chris Ledford spends time helping at his local Goodwill every month.
Working to improve the quality of life of families and individuals, Goodwill relies on the support of volunteers and donors to maintain its various youth, seniors, veterans, and other programs. Dedicated individuals can volunteer with the organization in a wide variety of ways, from working as a mentor for youth to helping adults interested in entering the workforce. Volunteering with Goodwill serves as a great demonstration of an individual’s reliability and looks great on a resume. The organization can help an individual find a job if they have been out of work or lack a high school diploma.
Beyond looking good on a resume, volunteering with Goodwill helps individuals explore new careers, expand their network, and learn new skills. Most volunteer programs train individuals in various areas. This may result in a volunteer learning an entirely new skill or enhancing a skill they currently possess. In terms of expanding one’s network, volunteers at Goodwill can interact with other professionals in a range of fields. This is great for developing new referral sources and contacts. Depending on the actual volunteer work, it may also expose volunteers to new causes, fields, and organizations. In doing so, volunteers may discover a passion for something new and turn their focus toward following that passion.