We want to engage organizational leaders in volunteer vision and goals. This is a way to think big and different regarding the impact volunteers can have for your organization.
Background: A group of volunteer-passionate people came together to think about how to influence volunteerism strategically and systemically. We developed an area-wide volunteer engagement vision, strategy and goals. Click here to see the flyer and get a better understanding of the background.
Why This is Important:
- Volunteerism can change the fundamental capacity for an organization to deliver its mission.
- Encouraging volunteerism takes the effort of many people: volunteer coordinators AND organization leaders, customer-side organizations AND supply-side (see discussion below) and the volunteers themselves. We particularly believe that executive support (president, executive director, etc.) changes the game in a big way.
Examples of Vision Statements: The possibilities are endless.
- Everyone makes the world a better place in their own unique way.
- People volunteer to their purpose, passion and potential.
- Volunteers have a measurable impact on cost and outcomes.
How to Participate: You can get started in one of three ways:
- Use the on-line toolbox (see below).
- Request 1:1 support for the Vision Team. Contact us.
- Join a workshop.
- What is a Vision? The following articles describe Vision.
- Writing a Compelling Vision Statement. A vision statement is a vivid idealized description of a desired outcome that inspires, energizes and helps you create a mental picture of your target. It could be a vision of a part of your life, or the outcome of a project or goal. In executive coaching scenarios, vision statements are often confused with mission statements, but they serve complementary purposes. Source: TimeThoughts.com
- What is a Vision Statement. Vision statements are aspirational; they lay out the most important primary goals for a company. Source: BusinessNewsDaily.com
- Vision Framework. The following document shares an example vision and goals summary and discusses the ideal criteria. We are not prescribing specifics, only that the organization’s leader(s) participates in defining/owning the vision statements.
- Vision Development Process. The following document outlines a process that can be used to develop the vision and goals.
- Examples of NKY visions. Your product can take any form, e.g. a document, a vision board/poster or a video. Creativity and artistry will aid in communication.
- Next Steps. The Vision Team met for the first time in January. We are working on communications, toolbox and engagement. Subscribe to the LSN Newsletter to get monthly updates.
- Customer and supply side. Customers of volunteers are organizations that need them. Suppliers of volunteers include organizations such as churches, businesses, cities and schools.
- SMART Goals. We suggest that you develop SMART Goals too.
- Support Toolbox. A complementary initiative, Volunteer NKY: Solutions, is to develop a supporting toolbox.
- Why NKY? Northern Kentucky is the home of the Life Solutions Network.