Volunteer Center of South Jersey Launches Seminars for SJ Works Program

Local experts will provide education and training as part of the SJ Works program, which brings the unemployed into volunteering.

SJWorks will offer a kick off orientation session on September 7 at Rowan College at Gloucester County. Interested volunteers should register and attend this event located 1400 Tanyard Rd, Sewell, NJ at 3 p.m. A brand new program run by VCSJ, SJWorks allows people to give back to their community with a non-profit organization. This along with the 5-part workshop series, provides networking opportunities for the unemployed. Participants in the program will have access to program staff, services, and resources through in person training and one-on-one consultation with e-mail and telephone support. “A cornerstone of the program is a five part workshop series,” said Michele Epifani, Executive Director. “The scope of the series covers networking, healthy lifestyle, finances, employability, and volunteering.” Local experts have been invited to speak, and the first in the series takes place September 14.

The “networking” workshop will be offering participants a hands-on approach to making and improving contacts.  The class will discuss body language, and the role that can play in your job search as well.  Participants will experience a speed networking session in order to practice and feel confident of their skills.  They will also create a 30-second personal commercial, a fun yet vital tool for the 21st century job market. Also highlighted is where to network in the South Jersey area, and why it can be a cornerstone of your job search.   Participants will leave with the understanding that you have to network to get work!

A successful business owner for over 20 years, Robin Tracey realized first-hand the importance of what networking can do for her business growth and development the 1st day she walked into a networking event!  After several years of networking to grow her own business Partylite, she along with a business partner created a women’s networking group for South Jersey.  There, her passion for teaching other small business owners the art of networking was realized. “Networking with a purpose,” said Robin Tracey, Business Developer “whether to grow your business, expand your circle of influence or make a difference in your community is vital to anyone who wants to move to a next level of success.”

Nicole Simonin, CEO and Founder of Shape It Up, LLC, will be offering the “healthy lifestyles” workshop that will demonstrate healthy eating habits and staying fit on a limited budget.  Participants will be discussing how to select healthy foods from both the grocery store and

their favorite restaurants while eating out for business.  And there is good news, no need for a gym membership! Shape It Up will be demonstrating how to get fit using your own body weight and household items. Being healthy will help empower and build self-confidence in all aspects of one’s life. 

Nicole Simonin Nicole holds an Associates in Applied Science as a Physical Therapist Assistant. She is certified through the American Council on Exercise as a Personal Trainer and Health Coach. She is also an ISSA Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, Kickboxing, Pilates and YogaFit. She has joined the SJWorks because her passion is to educate people on healthy living.

The “volunteering” workshop will offer a general overview of the volunteering experience. It will cover what to expect as a volunteer and what will be expected of you as a volunteer. Participants will learn the "Rights of the Volunteer.” The overview will also explore some of the various opportunities available and discuss how you fulfill a passion by volunteering. Participants will be instructed on how to turn volunteer experiences into viable assets for a resume.

The local consultant leading this seminar is Kim Capri. She has worked as a fifth Grade teacher, a Volunteer Services Coordinator, and as an Elementary School Guidance Counselor. As a volunteer for Underwood Memorial Hospital for many years, Capri helped to develop the OAK Auxiliary that instituted emergency information stickers for child car seats and bicycle helmets.  Capri currently volunteers with the Gloucester County Library System.

VCSJ continues to coordinate these workshops across South Jersey and more information on workshops will be forthcoming. Additional workshop contributors include People in Transition (Gloucester) who facilitates workshops sponsored by the Heart of South Jersey (Gloucester), and Generations Family Success Center (Burlington). VCSJ is looking for additional workshops/facilitators related to the course offerings (Career, Healthy Life Styles, Networking, Volunteering, Finances on a Budget) in all seven counties. Please contact Michele Epifani by email at mepifani@sjvolunteers.org to add your workshop.

To register for a workshop or the SJ Works programs, please visit http://bit.ly/sjworks and/or email sjworks@sjvolunteers.org. The Volunteer Center of South Jersey (VCSJ) was established as a private, independent 501c3 non-profit organization in 1996. VCSJ is a volunteer action center (VAC) in South Jersey, covering seven counties from Burlington to Cape May, whose mission is to change lives, empower families, and improve our community through volunteerism and the support of local non-profit organizations. The center offers best practices in civic engagement through education (workshops, publications, webinars, etc.) for volunteers (individual and groups) and organizations (business and non-profit). For more information, please visit http://www.sjvolunteers.org/ for more information.


Source: Michele Epifani, Executive Director Volunteer Center South Jerse


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