New Certified Service Enterprise Organizations Announced
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2017
Contact: Michelle Raymer
515.725.3135 / 800.308.5987
Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley
Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens and Cedar Valley Friends of the Family Receive National Certification
Volunteer Iowa and Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley announces new certified Service Enterprise organizations
DES MOINES, Iowa – Volunteer Iowa and the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley announces the certification of the Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens and the Cedar Valley Friends of the Family as Service Enterprise Organizations by Points of Light and the Iowa Service Enterprise Initiative. There are currently 18 certified organizations operating in Iowa, and the number is growing.
Both organizations completed an extensive assessment, over 20 hours of training, consulting, and internal planning to better integrate volunteers into day to day operations. Managed nationally by Points of Light and statewide by Volunteer Iowa, the Service Enterprise Initiative is a proven, research-based model that equips organizations to leverage volunteers and their skills across all levels of the organization to successfully deliver on their social mission. It also diagnoses strengths organizations can leverage and challenges that need to be addressed to achieve sustainability. By achieving this level of excellence and certification, both the Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens and Cedar Valley Friends of the Family are now better equipped to leverage the time and talent of volunteers and therefore better meet the mission of the organization to promote and support effective volunteerism and to serve as the resource and coordination center for volunteers and community partnerships.
“Service Enterprise has helped CVFF to leverage volunteers and their skills to address community needs and more effectively deliver our mission. It has enabled us to become more organized and put us in a better position to deliver our services and grow our service area. It has also created a more solid foundation for us to be able to deliver a well-organized and meaningful volunteer experience.” – Michelle Hall, Volunteer Manager, Cedar Valley Friends of the Family
“SEI has created a new level of professionalism in our volunteer program, making it easier for volunteers to get involved and be utilized in ways that are more efficient and meaningful for both the volunteer and the organization.” – Rob Pruitt, Executive Director, Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens
Volunteer Iowa is leading the Service Enterprise Initiative in the state by partnering with Volunteer Centers, like the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley, to offer the Service Enterprise training to nonprofit organizations interested in increasing their organizational efficiency and effectiveness. To learn more about Service Enterprise visit volunteeriowa.org/SEI. Organizations and agencies that are interested in becoming a Service Enterprise can contact Michelle Raymer, Volunteer Iowa Program Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org or 515.725.3135.
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About Volunteer Iowa (or Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service)
Volunteer Iowa and its partner agencies work with organizations and individuals on three main fronts. The first is to help agencies develop quality programs that use service as a strategy to fulfill their missions and address Iowa’s greatest areas of need. The second is to help engage Iowans in their communities by promoting service and expanding the volunteer base. Finally, the third area of work is to connect individuals with appropriate service opportunities by building the volunteer infrastructure. More information is available at volunteeriowa.org.
About Points of Light
Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service – mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages more than 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year – we put people at the center of change. For more information, go to pointsoflight.org.
About Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley
The Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley works to promote and support effective volunteerism and to serve as the resource and coordination center for volunteers and community partnerships. The vision of VCCV is to mobilize people and resources to deliver creative solutions to community problems. For more information, visit vccv.org.
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