Incight’s Joy in Mobility: We Ride for Those Who Can’t.

Ride with us and for us to help make a dream come true.

Who do I ride for, by Jim Rothblatt, Director Incight, Palm Desert, California

I ride because I love to ride. There are moments, sometimes much longer lasting than moments, when I feel as though I am flying. Slightly downhill, smooth road , maybe a tail wind, just enough resistance in the pedals to keep my quad and hamstring muscles working, pushing forward, reduced to a consciousness flying through the world around me, sights, smells, air brushing me as I pass through…. But most of the time I think as I ride. The thoughts come and go as I pedal through my inner world.

I’m a Vietnam veteran. I served as a Platoon Medic with an Army Infantry Brigade in 1967. I ride for the men I served with, especially those who did not return and for those who are too maimed to ride alone.

As Director of the Palm Desert Incight office I ride with purpose. I ride for those who can’t. Truth be told, there are very few who can’t ride if they have support. With the use of pedicabs, even the severely physically disabled can experience the ride. Those with a visual impairment or a profound hearing impairment can fly through space as a stoker on a tandem. Just about the only people who might not be able to ride are those who are confined to bed or will suffer from the road vibration.

Palm Desert is in the Coachella Valley in southern California. The climate and topography are beautiful for cyclists from the middle of October through May.
There are flat rides, hilly rides, mountain rides, and usually the weather is comfortable. The weather and the beauty are what draws the “snow birds.”

I can’t believe the Coachella Valley has not yet turned into a world famous cycling destination. Incight is putting Transitional Age Youth to work and offering community service to make it happen. Incight especially wants the Coachella Valley to be a handcycling destination.

Ride with us and for us to help make this dream come true.

Incight-Ful Advice: Using Un-Paid work Experience on Your Resume

When you are looking for a job, your resume gets your foot in the door. It represents you to a potential employer and you want it to stand out from the resumes of the other applicants. One way to capture the interest of an employer is to show that you are an involved citizen — someone who works to make the community a better place to live. In other words, make sure your volunteer work appears on your resume.

It is a common misconception that there is only one “right” way to design a resume. Actually, the most important thing is to present the information in such a way as to document and support your career goal. If you tell a prospective employer that you want a particular job, your resume must prove that you are the right candidate to fill it. Sometimes your paid work history may not be as important as what you have done as a volunteer in demonstrating that you have the necessary job skills.

One approach used by many people is to add a section to their resumes called “Community Service” or “Volunteer Work.” They list the highlights of their volunteering here, to show that they have interests outside of their employment history already described. This is certainly better than ignoring volunteer experience on a resume, but it is not the best way to highlight what you have learned as a volunteer.

Focus on Experience and Achievements

Consider integrating your volunteer work into the section of your resume called “Work Experience.” Even if you were not paid a salary and did not consider the volunteering to be “employment,” it certainly was productive work and should count as “experience.” The key is to translate what you gained from the volunteer activity into the language of the paid work world.

Don’t use “volunteer” as a job title. It’s an adjective and alone does not convey the work that you accomplished. So, if you did tutoring, use the title “Tutor.” If you coordinated a project, identify your work accurately as “Project Coordinator.” The fact that you filled this position in an unpaid capacity is part of your description of the work. First grab your prospective employer’s interest with an accurate position title.

Next describe the volunteer work in terms of your achievements, highlighting the skills that you learned and demonstrated. What would be important to the work world about what you did? For example, did you raise $100,000? Did you manage a budget or accomplish goals on schedule? Did you supervise a staff of people? Even if they, too, were volunteers, your success required the ability to be a motivating leader. All these sorts of things impress an employer.

Take the time to analyze what you learned as a volunteer. Did you have the chance to practice public speaking? Write reports, news releases, newsletters? Plan projects, coordinate sub-committees, train others to do the work? Such skills are applicable to just about any setting.

Describe your activities and achievements fully. You do not need to say these were done as a volunteer, though you are of course welcome to do so. If you feel uneasy about representing volunteer work as equivalent to a full-time paid job, you can identify the volunteering as being part-time. Be honest. Don’t overstate what you did. But also be sure to give yourself the credit you deserve.

If you are a student seeking your first real job, being able to show volunteer work on a resume demonstrates that you had interests beyond the classroom. If you are returning to the paid work force after some time away, your volunteer activities prove that you kept yourself sharp and involved. If you want to change career fields, it may be your volunteer work in the new field that tells a prospective employer you’re worth the risk, even if all your paid employment history is in some other field.

Be unapologetic about giving space on your resume to volunteering. Since the whole goal of a resume is to get you an interview, think how more interesting your face-to-face conversation will be when you add all those community activities to show who you really are.

by Susan J. Ellis http://www.charityguide.org/volunteer/motivation/resume.htm

Incight Scholarship Decisions

Dear Incight Scholarship Applicant,

The Incight Staff wants to thank everyone who submitted an application for our Scholarship Award. This year we have received 1,636 applications for this coming academic year scholarship.

We are currently in the process of reading each of one of them and selecting which ones to award. Due to the record breaking amount of applications, it is taking us longer than we originally anticipated. Notification of our decisions will be sent out around the beginning of July. We are continually astonished when reading through the applications. Every application is a reflection of amazing self-determination, strength and creativity. It is very difficult to be able to award only to a limited number of applicants. This year’s number of $750 awards will be 100. I hope that you will be among them.

There are approximately 56,000,000 disabled Americans. Only about 18% earn a college degree. The number of full-time gainfully employed disabled is only a little more than 20%.

You and the rest of the 1,573 applicants are on your way to being among the top 18% and 20% respectively, whether or not you receive one of our scholarships. We at Incight offer our congratulations that you are already on your way. If you aren’t sure about what we are suggesting, then please reread your own application: revisit your already demonstrated strengths.

Incight would like to recommend to you that you do all you can to receive as much support as you can from your schools Office for Students with Disabilities and other agencies in your community that exist to serve people with disabilities. This country and especially other people with disabilities can benefit from you succeeding in your own personal career path. As you take care of yourself and as you get service agencies to serve you, then you are helping make our social systems work better. Anyone of us can contribute to making our world a better place.

Incight exists to do our best to help you achieve in your education and in your world of work. Call on us as you will.

Sincerely,

The Incight Team

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