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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.

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Toolbox:

  • 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.

Further Discussion:

  • 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.