Volunteering has always been a big part of Mark Johnson’s life. Over the years he’s been involved with nonprofit organizations in the areas of education, construction and mentoring services. However, at Interfaith Outreach he found a perfect match between the employment needs in our community and his recruiting skills. Professionally, he is a Principle Technical Recruiter for Northrup Grumman where he finds engineers of all kinds to build products for the defense and space industries. At Interfaith Outreach he volunteers in Employment Services conducting mock interviews, career coaching and consulting clients on resumes and LinkedIn profiles.
Mark knows the importance of “having someone in your corner” during difficult times. He respects the courage it takes for clients to sit with him and share their hopes and dreams for employment when they are feeling lost and discouraged. He always reinforces the importance of believing in yourself and staying hopeful that things will change.
Tanya Williams influenced Mark’s perspective on volunteering. “She showed me there are no boundaries for helping others. She saw everyone as equals and believed that people want to do their best.” Mark even gave Tanya the nick-name “Nanya” because she loved everyone like a wonderful nanny would. Mark believes “everyone has something to offer at Interfaith Outreach.”
“Our system of volunteering is not based on words, it’s a ‘language’ based on compassion and action.”
Thank you, Mark. You inspire so many!