Volunteer gains pre-employment skills

03 May
Gilles Biosvert

Gilles Boisvert volunteered at our Grimsby ReStore as part of a program facilitated by Bethesda and March of Dimes called Pathways to Employment. Pathways to Employment is a pre-employment training program, structured to assist individuals with special needs, attain the information and skills necessary to pursue employment.

Gilles recently graduated from the pre-employment program, but continues to volunteer two days a week at the ReStore because he enjoys it so much! He sat down with our Volunteer Coordinator, Jonna Wolfenberg, to talk about his experience while volunteering at the ReStore.

JW: Tell us a little about yourself

I like Hockey, and volunteering with other people.

JW:  Why did you decide to volunteer with Habitat Niagara?

I am part of the Pathways to Employment program at Bethesda. We went on site tours of different employers and places we could volunteer. Habitat has volunteering in the types of jobs I like.

JW:  How long have you been volunteering with us and in what capacity?

I started volunteering once a week on Mondays, since the beginning of February. Now, I volunteer on Mondays and Fridays. I sweep the floors, clean the chairs and tables (incoming donations), work in the back, and help to unload the donations from the truck.

JW:  What do you like about volunteering for Habitat?

I like stocking the shelves in the store, and like the people I volunteer with. I have made a few friends there, they are good people. Habitat is a nice place to volunteer, everyone is friendly and they say “hello” and “good – bye” (employment skills I learned).

JW:  What would you like to share with others to get them to volunteer with Habitat?

It is a good place to volunteer, staff and other volunteers are friendly and I get to meet new people. It will also help me to find a job.

If you’re interested in volunteering at our ReStores or with Habitat Niagara, we can always use the help! Click here to see available volunteer opportunities.


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