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VOLUNTEER & MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR LIFE & THE LIVES OF OTHERS

February 20, 2016 Posted in Blog Posts

If you are considering a career as a Community Support Worker, one of the best ways to acquire valuable experience to compliment your education and training is through volunteering.

WHY VOLUNTEER:

  • Volunteering grants you the opportunity to gain exposure in multiple areas of employment with the vulnerable populations you will be serving. This is an awesome way to explore and get a better sense of what environment you want to work in.
  • Volunteering allows students to practice what they are learning or have learned in class in order to gain more confidence and practical knowledge.
  • Volunteering is an amazing way to enhance your resume with related experience in the workplace
  • Volunteering will connect you with other social service professionals who may become future references or leads for job placements. A professional reference is priceless when starting out your new career as a CSW.

There are many websites dedicated to connecting volunteers with organizations who are looking for extra help.  goVolunteer is a great site where you can select your desired work setting and geographical area.

Drake Medox College’s instructor Brenda Kmety says “volunteering is a gift not only for the organizations you work with and their clients, but is also a wonderful way for the new CSW to receive valuable hands on experience.  Not to mention a fun way to meet new people!”

To learn more about Drake Medox College’s Community Support Worker Program contact Angela @ 604 495-4208, or visit our CSW program information page.

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EMPLOYER TESTIMONIAL

“We highly regard Community Support Work related schooling/credentials when making hiring decisions. The schooling indicates to us that applicants have some systematic training in the field and are passionate about quality care; this means they are likely to be high performers and stay longer because they fully understand what the job involves. Retention is a huge consideration, those that are likely to stay longer will always be highly sought after as it takes time to build working relationships and relationships with person served.”

Robin W.
HR Generalist
posAbilities


“Thank you Drake Medox College for assisting us in our hiring. We gained 5 staff from our posting and hope to gain more. Again our gratitude for producing high caliber members of the health care industry.”

Leo Monterola
Director of Care
Carlton Gardens Care Centre


“Please find attached the attendance and evaluations for all of the students who completed their practicum with us from February 8th – 15th. It was great to speak with their buddies because they all had such positive feedback, and really enjoyed working with the students. We really enjoy having the students here, and we look forward to working with you more in the future!”

Anja Meier
Human Resources Coordinator
Greater Vancouver Community Services Society

Success Story

I credit my success in finding work straight after I had graduated to their positive training environment and the very supportive staff at Drake Medox. It is from my experience at Drake Medox that I would definitely recommend them to all my family and friends. Thank you Drake Medox College for making my dream of becoming a healthcare assistant come true! I am very happy with all that I've managed to achieve so far and feel I have a bright future ahead!

~ GLENN MACDONALD - HCA