Unique Volunteer Program Marks 5 Years & 57,600 Hours

Central City Concern will celebrate the 5th Anniversary of its award-winning program, Community Volunteer Corps, in conjunction with a graduation ceremony for individuals who have completed the program, on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Location is Old Town Recovery Center, 33 NW Broadway.

Working with about a dozen non-profit organization partners, the Community Volunteer Corps has attracted 935 participates who have contributed 57,602 hours of service since the program began in 2009. Over a three-month period, participants volunteer for 80 hours of mentored work experiences, learning new skills, improving work habits and preparing themselves for permanent employment. A graduation ceremony celebrates their successful completion, and they receive a small stipend as well as a letter of recommendation. Graduates connect to CCC’s Employment Access Center for job placement assistance.

In 2012, the Community Volunteer Corps won a Heart of the Community, Innovative Volunteer Program from HandsOn Portland.

Central City Concern’s mission is providing comprehensive solutions to ending homelessness and achieving self-sufficiency. It serves approximately 13,000 people yearly with healthcare, housing, peer support and employment in the Portland metro area.

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