Amruta and her husband moved from Mumbai, India to Georgia in 2013 after marrying. Near her Georgia home was a Goodwill, and she always wanted to volunteer but didn’t have the transportation means to get there.
That changed eight months later when Amruta’s husband landed a job at Amazon and the couple moved to Seattle. As Amruta waited for her work permit, she wanted to put the human resources degree she earned in India to good use, and with a proper bus system, she decided to look into volunteering.
“Now I just got my work permit, but before that I thought, ‘Let’s not waste those years. Let’s make something out of it,’” Amruta said. “After doing research and knowing all the (Job Training and Education) JTE stuff, I’d really like to work for Goodwill. It’s doing such a noble thing.”
Amruta has helped Goodwill in JTE’s computer lab, Risk and Safety and Philanthropy. She screens applications, schedules interviews and responds to volunteer emails as a recruiting volunteer.
“The tagline that jobs change lives, it’s so much true, and I believe it so much,” Amruta said. “For me, I just got my work permit, and in those years I genuinely remembered why it is very important. It’s a great cause. I believe in it, and I know many people who believe in it, and it’s a great place to work.”