Hines, an international real estate firm, approached Chrysalis in 2021 with the goal to develop a large-scale volunteer partnership that would support Chrysalis clients and staff in the delivery of its employment program. The team was inspired after hearing a presentation given by Chrysalis’ volunteer & program director. Since then, Hines and its employees have gone above and beyond to provide volunteer support, as well as to propose and complete valuable, pro bono facilities projects at two Chrysalis program sites. Hines’ pro bono, volunteer, and cash support amount to more than $30,000 since 2021.
Chrysalis’ mission is to serve people navigating barriers to the workforce by offering a job-readiness program, individualized supportive services, and paid transitional employment. The organization welcomes the support of volunteers to help deliver program services, including resume creation, interview preparation, and job search and application assistance. Volunteers can also provide high-value client service support through group activities including cleaning and organizing the resource rooms and hosting direct-support drives.
Since first learning about group and 1:1 volunteer opportunities at Chrysalis in 2021, over a dozen Hines employees have regularly provided volunteer services to Chrysalis clients, totaling 159 hours. Volunteers received program training to deliver key services to clients, including resume development and practice interviews. Employees have worked with clients directly through 1:1 program sessions as well as at quarterly resource and job fairs at Chrysalis’ Downtown location, in addition to helping sort clothing donations at its Orange County center.
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