In the spring of 2018, Hopeworks relocated from a cramped row house to an office-like setting in Camden. Our $74,000 grant — the collective contributions of our Charter Members — allowed them to use this space to set up new and much-needed program offerings in academic skills and technology training. This allowed Hopeworks to offer the youth they serve increased opportunities for permanent employment at higher wages.
This investment of funds from Impact100 South Jersey has paid off handsomely according to Dan Rhoton, Executive Director. “We have dramatically expanded our services and effectiveness…today, when a young person walks into Hopeworks, they make less than $900 annually. When they walk out, they are making on average over $35,000 a year.”
Hopeworks Volunteer Wishlist
There are still plenty of ways to help Hopeworks provide a positive, healing atmosphere that propels young people to build strong futures and break the cycle of violence and poverty in Camden.
Hopeworks is looking for virtual volunteers to:
- Be a youth mentor. Provide support and guidance during twice monthly meetings with a young adult from Hopeworks.
- Conduct mock interviews. Volunteers must have interviewing experience.
- Review resumes and portfolios for young adults embarking on a job search.
- Be a college success mentor. Mentor or tutor a 1st generation college student and help them have a successful college experience.
Email your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. Monthly webinars to provide more information on volunteer and engagement opportunities are currently being scheduled.