A non-profit is nothing without the help of its volunteers and supporters. Thankfully, we found both in Claus.
Claus was introduced to StepUp Wilmington at StarNews’ Conscious Fair earlier this year and was immediately drawn to the mission.
“When I stopped at the StepUp table, the work they were doing really jumped out at me. I have a background as a human resource generalist and it sounded like a good fit.”
Soon after the fair, he toured Jobs Week and set to work volunteering as a mock interviewer and session facilitator.
“The concept that StepUp Wilmington is working towards in helping people from all different walks of life to get a good job — that’s something I want to help with,” he said. “Everybody deserves a chance and if I can help in that process, that’s what I want to do. StepUp’s process is a good recipe for success.”
His experience with the organization has been fruitful so far. He shares, “Everyone has an impact on me. It’s inspiring being here. Sometimes learning what people have been through and seeing how they come here and reinvent themselves shows you how lucky you are by just having the opportunity to be employed.”
When it comes to looking for a job, Claus suggests that everyone gets involved with StepUp Wilmington.
“I think what you find is that it’s a group of dedicated people and you’re in an environment where everyone’s on a mission. It isn’t a regular job for the staff – everyone’s here for a reason and wants to accomplish something for other people. When everyone’s together, it comes together.”
Aside from his work with StepUp Wilmington, CLaus is involved with the Cancer Association and StepUp Wilmington community partner, the Cape Fear Literacy Council, where he helps to prepare individuals for citizenship interviews.
Interested in volunteering with StepUp Wilmington? Reach out to Ally@StepUpWilmington.org to learn more.