Volunteers at Memorial

Volunteers: Going from jobless to selfless
Volunteerism is up, and the recession is getting the credit as displaced workers look to do something meaningful with their extra time
By ERIN SNELGROVE
Yakima Herald-Republic

YAKIMA, Wash. — After spending two decades working as a surgical assistant in Yakima, Laurel Poor wasn’t overly worried when her employer let her go.

But a year later, the 57-year-old Yakima resident is still looking for a job and trying not to take the rejections personally.

“There are jobs out there, but there are so many of us applying for them,” said Poor, who collects unemployment. “I thought experience would count for a lot more than it does.”

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