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Omnitech Institute: The Importance of Community Involvement

When Charlton Carlos Lester founded Omnitech Institute fifteen years ago, his main objective was creating educational opportunities for adults who wanted to enter into technical fields. Though the work was tough and the challenges were great, Charlton Carlos Lester successfully accomplished his goal. Now, in 2013, he continues to offer education opportunities through Omnitech Institute.

However, for some people in the Atlanta area, education isn’t a realistic opportunity for the immediate future. For many people, a bigger priority is finding a place to sleep or putting food on the table. Charlton Carlos Lester is a big believer in investing the resources of Omnitech Institute into making these opportunities come alive.

In recent years, Omnitech Institute has offered food drives, free health screenings, and partnered with homeless shelters as well as local battered women’s shelters. This kind of community involvement is something that Charlton Carlos Lester and Omnitech prioritize along with excellence in education.

If you’re looking for ways that you can get involved with your community, Charlton Carlos Lester has the following suggestions:


  • Find something your passionate about. Volunteering in your community isn’t always going to be the easiest thing in the world. After all, there are going to be some days or weeks when you just don’t feel like driving to the soup kitchen. However, when you’re volunteering for a cause that you’re passionate about, it’s much easier to do!
  • Next, find a friend who will volunteer with you. Omnitech partners with its “friends” in the community. Charlton Carlos Lester believes you should, too! It’s a good way to keep yourself accountable.
  • Start small with your time commitment, and work your way up. Don’t sign up for 10 hours per week on the first week, or you’ll get burnt out on community involvement!
  • Don’t give up!