We are very excited Canada's Governor General is focusing on community engagement! We have worked with volunteers, and in the field of volunteer leadership for years. So we have huge belief in the concept, and agree volunteering is part of being Canadian. Like the Governor General, we see the way people want to be engaged in their communities is changing – and a new definition of volunteering is required. How wonderful to see a public figure insist on this so passionately.
As the kids go back to school, and a “new year” begins for many people, Boards of Directors are reconvening and renewing their shared passion for their organizations. As they plan for the future, many will be highly aware of the major changes that are happening in the community sector.
Maria recently wrote about the vision (“why?”) and mission (“what?”) of our organization. We strive to have those concepts always at the forefront of our thinking at Vantage Point. We know their importance. And we know many organizations are struggling with clearly defining their vision and mission. But what we have come to realize over the course of the summer (as the days dwindle down…) is: the place we most love to work with other organizations is on how they deliver their mission.
For the last couple of years we’ve really pushed hard to keep our mission at the fore. It’s our lighthouse, our beacon. It keeps our entire team (both paid-with-money & paid-in-other-ways) on course and shining a bright light on the road ahead. Our visitors hear our mission statement often, and see it as soon as they walk in our doors: we inspire and build leadership in the voluntary sector.
It started slowly. So slowly, I ignored it until it became a big deal. But my gut was telling me – this just isn’t working. But they were so nice. They had everything I was looking for and seemed really interested at the start. No, I’m not talking about a great date that just never called again. I’m talking about working with a volunteer that isn’t able to deliver.