“To know that I am part of a participant’s journey of getting a job, or landing a career, is incredible,” shared Sarah Jorgenson, human resources manager for Caterpillar and RESOURCE Business Partner Council member (BPC).
“About the time a coworker mentioned I should volunteer with RESOURCE, my nephew at age 21 entered treatment for drug and alcohol abuse,” she shared. “The more I learned about RESOURCE, and the more participants I met, I felt an instant personal connection. I knew I could help.”
As a BPC member, Sarah interacts with RESOURCE career education students who are looking for employment. She has participated on employer expectations panels, hosted tours at her workplace, and taught behavioral interview skills.
“At RESOURCE, your practical business knowledge can be used to address a community need. When I come back from volunteering, ‘my bucket is filled.’”
“Seeing and experiencing the participants’ journey is to be a part of the impact story,” shared Sarah. “That’s amazing.”
Caterpillar has hired two RESOURCE career education graduates over the past couple years. Jorgenson was also instrumental in allocating Caterpillar Foundation local funds to help RESOURCE implement an online jobs portal. The portal currently features an average of 400 open positions, tailored and offered exclusively to RESOURCE job seekers.