Part 2.3: Why We Should PowerUp!
1. Add “staff equivalents” through skilled volunteers and build a rich talent pool to draw from for Board and possible staff positions.
2. Address issues and needs not being addressed due to lack of financial resources to support staff or operations.
3. Get an average 8:1 return on time and/or cash investment that keeps on giving.
4. Expand community support with more community members involved in the organization who can act as ambassadors for the organization.
5. Demonstrate the asset value of aging by leading the development of older adult social capital.
6. Teams become incubators and generators within the organization raising new or hard questions, sparking new ideas and developing new ways of getting things done.
- Teams come together to get important work done and make a significant contribution by attacking a critical unmet need or issue.
- Teams increase recruitment voices – word of mouth remains the most effective recruitment strategy.
- Team structures create an array of roles and opportunities to serve with flexibility to adapt as volunteer needs change.
- Teams foster collaboration, which motivates members to support and substitute for one another, assuring continuity of services and engagement.
- Team membership teaches new skills and empowers members to give more and get more in return.
- Self-direction reduces the amount of time-intensive support needed from initial project planning start-up through project completion.
- Self-direction provides volunteers the freedom and flexibility to plan and operate through an inter-dependent relationship with the organization.
- Self-direction allows the organizations to work with the team to decide what needs doing and empowers the organization through leadership – not control.
- It will strengthen and expand the organization’s role in the community by focusing on aging as an asset.
- It will establish the organization as an empowering force by helping the community determine how to mobilize and deploy older adult social capital.
- It will make the agency an expansive, positive force in community aging.
In this next section we will show what volunteers and staff can expect in their training.