Volunteering for Success

Volunteers play a critical role in transforming job seekers’ lives by sharing knowledge of U.S. workplace culture and industry insights, as well as supporting networking.

An estimated 85% of people in the U.S. find their jobs through networking, but many immigrants and refugees lack the relationships that help with navigating the job-search process. In 2022, almost 1,000 volunteers donated time to coach, mentor, and network with job seekers.

Upwardly Global’s volunteer-run Leadership Councils are key support networks for newcomers entering the U.S. labor market, and it was my pleasure to work with this community of volunteers and newcomers last spring. One volunteer called alumni and newcomers the ‘heart and soul of the Upwardly Global community,’ but it struck me that it is both the volunteers and the newcomers that form the lifeblood of this organization.”

Chiedza Pasipanodya

Leadership Council Outreach Coordinator