I don’t know about you, but I love watching shows that transition “ho-hum” people, places and things into something more attractive, unique, and desirable by giving them the “Oh Wow” factor. The experts seem to breathe new life into run down properties, outdated styles, and flea market junk. They listen to understand what people want or need, agree on the budget, then create a shared vision and plan of what might be, and once everyone is in agreement, the transformation begins.
Those of us who work at nonprofits are drawn to a particular mission and a desire to do good and give back. Most of us have navigated our careers thoughtfully and intentionally and have worked hard (perhaps even tirelessly). Yet often, despite our good intentions and hard work, we find ourselves replicating the practices that created the inequity we committed to disrupt in the… Read more »
I was pinned under a 200 pound guy, and he had scissors. The volunteer assignment was simple: help a young man with developmental disabilities to learn a new skill, one-on-one. We were working on learning scissor use. How did I end up flailing on the floor needing assistance? I had a clear goal for my college volunteering experience: Explore different ways to help people reach excellence. … Read more »
Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Volunteers is on Wednesday, May 9, from pAM to 12PM at the Pearl.