Dayton Barkley chose to volunteer with Interfaith Outreach Employment Services because he believes having a job is the key to solving basic needs of food, housing and shelter. He sees himself as a cheerleader with practical advice. Working in the computer lab, Dayton encourages clients to stay positive and keep trying when job seeking.
He uses his past experience in business management to provide emotional and practical support. He helps job seekers understand the importance of a well-crafted resume that stresses their past accomplishments. He teaches clients how to use an effective cover letter to make them stand out and showcase their professionalism.
Dayton’s most memorable client was a sous chef, who would travel several miles by bicycle every day (including winter) to Interfaith Outreach to continue his job search. Finally, this man had two interviews scheduled but didn’t have transportation or clothing for the interviews. Interfaith Outreach stepped in and provided the resources he needed. When he landed a sous chef position, Dayton was thrilled for him!
Seeing hard working people succeed in their job search is the highlight of Dayton’s volunteering. His wish is that more funding be directed to Employment Services for education and training.
Thank you, Dayton, for helping make others’ dreams come true.