Northwest Valley Connect Volunteerism is Moving Forward! by Trudy Ware
Do you know: Resources of nonprofits across Arizona and the country are being stretched like never before with both the significant increase in needs of people and organizations serving those needs. The rising demand is impacting the financial resources to meet those needs not only to maintain current levels of service, but to increase and support nonprofits growing capacity for meeting growing challenges.
Do you know: Northwest Valley Connect an essential transport service for the west valley communities has more than 2300 clients registered, and we have two paid staff, three paid drivers, and 62 or more volunteers depending on the season who work in an operational capacity as Client Service Representatives, Administrative Assistants, Webmaster/Bookkeeper while several support Fundraising, and Event Planning and, yes there is our Volunteer Driver pool. NVC is growing – the wind left our sails during the pandemic, but NVC Leadership Team along with volunteers find ways to keep moving forward with fewer, but modifications of the same services, and alternative services that support community members. Like so many nonprofits, we took a large hit across the board in service delivery and funding during 2020 and today more community opportunities are requesting our support and more residents are requesting rides. At a recent meeting Kathy Chandler made a projection on the basis of community services reopening and senior participation that total rides will increase to the level of 18,000 by mid-year 2022. Our community members are aging in place, as car keys are put away, and public transit becomes less accommodating, the need for a higher level of services become greater.
Is the Goal Achievable: Yes, and Yes! NVC Leadership Team along with Committees of the Board of Directors are mobilizing and outreaching to the corporate sector, businesses with successful resource practices - volunteer programs with individuals who have talent to help NVC achieve our goal by building the organization’s capacity. Whatever generational qualifier we fit, the Boomers or the Millennials – it is people who want to make a difference, give back, and get connected to organizations that can help translate their talents into solutions for the complex social problems. By mobilizing skilled volunteers – individuals and employee volunteers – and matching them with projects that target the critical capacity needs of our organization, we create a greater impact that ensures sustainability into the future.
Why Would Corporations Participate: They will participate because they, like Northwest Valley Connect have a stake in our communities that increase value in their presence.
Submitted by: Trudy Ware