Volunteers are the heart and hands of IOCP. Their generous time, energy and savvy make our programs possible. From individuals and families to civic groups and corporations, volunteers are the service multipliers who grow our capacity to serve struggling families on a daily basis.
Each month, we highlight a volunteer from one of our many programs.
February Volunteer Spotlight: John Sweeney, Employment Services
What is your volunteer role at IOCP?
I teach computer software classes (MS Excel, MS Word and Windows 7 Operating System) and also provide 1:1 tutoring support as requested.
When did you begin volunteering with IOCP? What brought you here?
I started teaching in October 2011. Mike Hennessy, also an IOCP volunteer and a former co-worker at Ameriprise, asked me if I would be interested in helping IOCP clients who were unemployed or underemployed improve their computer software readiness to improve chances of securing a new job.
Why do you continue to volunteer with IOCP?
I enjoy teaching and seeing IOCP clients obtain knowledge and understanding in using computer software. It is very rewarding to give them a solid foundation in using the software through the IOCP classes and into the future.
In addition to volunteering at IOCP, how else do you spend your time?
I serve on three non-profit boards. I spend a lot of time with my four grandchildren (who live in Plymouth) at their sporting activities and with them at our lake home in Alexandria. Photography is a major hobby as I take lots of pictures of the family. My wife and I love to travel; we have been to Europe numerous times and are planning future trips to Australia and Asia. I also play a lot of golf in the warmer months.
Any interesting or memorable stories about your volunteer work?
I have had a number of IOCP client students with English as a second language and discovered that the Microsoft Word software will translate English text to many different languages. So I was able to translate class materials for recently immigrated clients. They were very pleased.
Favorite place to eat or visit in the area?
The Spasso restaurant in Minnetonka and the Original Pancake House in Plymouth. Of course Snuffy’s with the grandkids.
Thank you to John and all our Employment Services volunteers!