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Featured Benefit: Job Bank
By Jennifer Nelson, Maple Grove Hospital.
December 2010 was a rough month in our household. Within two weeks time I was laid off from my job of four years as a volunteer coordinator, my husband broke his ankle which required surgery (leading to a month off of work), I gave birth to our son (who needed surprise surgery to correct a birth defect) and it was the holidays. I didn’t think things could get any more challenging for our family.
Despite all of the chaos going on around me I knew that finding a job was paramount. Maintaining my connection with MAVA was the best way to do this. Through the members benefits section of the website I was able to stay up to date on available positions in my field. Instead of wasting valuable time (time I needed to take care of my husband and newborn) I was able to go to one site for postings in my field. I found myself searching job descriptions any chance I could get. Ironically, I applied for the volunteer coordinator position at Maple Grove Hospital as my husband was in surgery to correct his ankle…at Maple Grove Hospital!
It is difficult to articulate how being a member of MAVA gave me hope during those stressful times. I knew that even if I could not find a job for 6 months to a year (like many of my former colleagues) that I could keep up to date on open positions in my field. Not to mention attend events and maintain my professional development as well as network with leaders in volunteer management. My story has a happy ending, and it wouldn’t have been possible without my MAVA membership and the members only job bank.