A PATH TO EMPLOYMENT – like many military spouses, Alessia Rossi Molina faces the challenge of continued employment each time she and her active duty husband are transferred to a new duty station. Volunteering with NMCRS prepared her to transition to full-time employment.
Like many military spouses, Alessia Rossi Molina faces the challenge of continued employment each time she and her active duty husband are transferred to a new duty station. Originally from Italy, Alessia earned a Master of Science in economics and finance and worked in finance for non-profits in Italy and Washington, D.C. However, when the Navy transferred her husband to San Diego in December 2015, Alessia had difficulty finding a job in finance. Determined to avoid gaps in her resume, Alessia sought volunteer positions that would use and build her skill set, preparing her for full-time employment. Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS), a nonprofit which offers interest-free loans and budget counseling to active duty and retired Navy and Marine Corps personnel and their eligible family members, offers a wide range of volunteer positions. Alessia trained as an NMCRS caseworker at NMCRS San Diego, providing one-on-one budget counseling to Sailors, Marines and their families.
Alessia’s volunteer service as a NMCRS caseworker was a contributing factor to her being awarded the 2016 Military Spouse Fellowship, and eventual employment as a project specialist at SERVICE2CEO. Today, Alessia is a grant administrator employed by the Scripps Research Institute. Alessia credits her NMCRS experience as providing “no interruption of employment history and no gaps on my resume” since the volunteer position responsibilities are akin to a paid position. “My brain stayed trained and I enjoyed helping people learn how to manage their finances,” says Alessia.
NMCRS offers a variety of volunteer positions, including Client Services Assistant, Caseworker, Program Coordinator, Communications Team Member, and Budget for Baby Workshop Instructor. No experience is necessary, as comprehensive training is provided in-house to ensure volunteers are highly skilled and confident when working with active duty and retired Sailors, Marines and their family members. Child care and gas expenses may be reimbursed.
By Laura Weston