Mark Youngblood’s goal is to use his professional skills to help people become self-sufficient. You can find Mark volunteering in Employment Services where he leads job search classes and assists in training sessions for keyboarding, computer basics and introductory office skills.
This is Mark’s 10th year volunteering at Interfaith Outreach. Over the years, he has had many rewarding experiences. His most memorable experience goes back seven years when he was working with Katie Shepherd, assisting with outreach to a group of teens. The teens knew Mark enjoyed sports and he often used basketball to form a connection during sessions. When several of the students were graduating, they got together and purchased some gifts for Mark as a “thank you.” He will always cherish the basketball they individually autographed in appreciation.
Mark finds it extremely gratifying to see his clients succeed. When someone he has helped returns to Interfaith Outreach years later, “The welcome and enthusiasm that these former clients give me is inspirational in itself.”
When Mark began volunteering ten years ago, “I was whole-heartedly welcomed by the Interfaith Outreach staff and clients. That spirit of inclusion continues to be the hallmark of the Interfaith experience.”
Thank you, Mark. Your decade of service has touched many lives.