Career Workshop and Volunteer Appreciation

Career Workshop and Volunteer Appreciation- Sep 19th 2015

A career workshop and a long awaited Volunteer Appreciation Day kicked off at 11:00 AM in DHS hall, downtown. Approximately 50 people were present along with volunteers, students, youth and facilitators.

Three career facilitators were invited from the University of Pittsburgh, MSW Program; Jewish Family and Children’s Service, CDC; and Prof. Maharaja at Point Park University.

Dr. Bobby Simmons, Director of MSW Program at University of Pittsburgh presented about the opportunities in social science fields and its expected growth in the economy. Mr. Benedict Killang from Career Development Center at JFCS gave a motivational speech about his own story of struggles, and highlighted about the social and employment programs of the center at JFCS that many of our refugee folks have benefitted from. Prof. Maharaja from Point Park briefly talked about his own story of struggles and what Point Park can offer to the students in terms of career. Mr. Yadu Dhital, a recent graduate from the University of Pittsburgh, gave a motivational presentation of his own struggles and experience with his educational process and how far he has come to realize his dream.

Andi Fischhoff and Bhanu Phuyel were the two most distinguished volunteers who were given token of appreciation for their services in respective fields:  Andi Fischhoff for her tireless work on helping BCAP write grant proposals, advocacy and advising BCAP on matters that are both small and big; Bhanu Phuyel, a successful business entrepreneur in the community for his support to BCAP time and again with his generous donations and support to programs carried out by BCAP.

The rest of the event was marked by giving away of certificates to all the existing and past volunteers from the community.

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