AmeriCorps VISTA Members Build Organization Capacity to Place Military Spouses and Veterans into Jobs June 10, 2013Posted by servicecorpsnews in Alumni Spotlight.
The Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN) and Corporate America Supports You (CASY) are nonprofit organizations that provide employment readiness training programs, job placement solutions and no-cost services to military-affiliated spouses, retired military spouses, caregivers for war-wounded heroes and veterans.
Two AmeriCorps VISTA members recently completed their service terms to MSCCN and CASY through the ALA Call to Service Corps. Mark Cernak, a military veteran and a VISTA alum, and Bianca Nafpliotis, a military spouse, both played integrals role expanding the organizations’ employment services footprint and brought military and veteran credentials to their service assignments
Over the course of her service term, Nafpliotis successfully restructured the organization’s volunteer program by rewriting its standard operating procedures, creating an organization map detailing both available volunteers and MSCCN staff members, writing new volunteer positions and descriptions, searching for and interviewing volunteer candidates and promoting the volunteer position within the military community.
Nafpliotis also successfully launched a new division of the organization’s volunteer program, called the Career Corps Professional Network. The network provides industry professionals with the opportunity to volunteer their time and expertise in support of MSCCN and CASY programs.
“Bianca’s strengths in organization and management have taken this program to new leaps and bounds,” said Erin Voirol, Nafpliotis’ supervisor. “[She] did a fantastic job.”
Mark Cernak was similarly influential in his role as MSCCN and CASY’s Training and Military Applicant Specialist. In that assignment, he assisted in the planning, development and implementation of a volunteer training system. As a facet of these duties, Cernak also actively conducted outreach to the military community, provided support to those utilizing the training system, and amplified his organization’s social media presence, which is used to locate potential volunteers and program beneficiaries.
Nafpliotis, whose term of service ended in April, has since joined the MSCCN as a full-time staff member. Cernak, whose term of service ended in May, now volunteers for the organizations.