Volunteers: Building a Stronger Community
When people ask me how we get it all done and in such an effective way, I always say we have an amazing team. That is so true! We also have some amazing volunteers. Over the years, when funding was cut yet our staffing levels remained the same, expectations have grown and we have met those expectations consistently. This is not an easy task…doing more with less. Most non-profits understand this struggle and we are no different. But we are lucky to have committed people who volunteer their time, talents and even money to help us meet our mission as well as our commitment to high quality service to the communities that we serve.
The events highlighted in this newsletter are just a few that show how important our volunteers are to us. The City-wide Tire Toss wouldn’t have happened without volunteers who helped direct traffic and unload and load tires that needed to be removed from the community. Community-Wide Play Day is an annual event that uses hundreds of volunteers to provide a fun day filled with interactive, healthy activities for families with young children. Volunteer judges who helped choose the winners of our Underage Drinking poster contest. A bowling team of volunteers shared their time and talents over 37 weeks to help raise $1100 for us in the Budweiser-Bair Charity Bowling League.
And what about students in our community? We couldn’t get by without them! For our signature fundraiser the Community Partnership Open this year, we had a fantastic group of young men from the Missouri State University Sig Ep fraternity who helped make our event a success. Every Saturday in the spring and fall, we have student volunteers who help with our neighborhood clean-up program, during the school year, our student volunteers are working within SPS to mentor students, help with after school clubs, and act as lunch buddies to elementary students. I couldn’t talk about volunteers without mentioning our 32 member board of directors. They have passion and commitment to Community Partnership as well as our community and it shows! They take their role seriously by providing guidance and governance while also supporting the events and programs we offer. And then there are the more than 500 partners who work with us on the Community Collaborative Initiative. Tackling the important red flag issues in our community, the volunteers who make up the Collaboratives are engaged in creating solutions and problem solving that will impact our community in a positive way for years to come.
We are proud to offer meaningful ways for people in our community to give back, to use their passions to make a difference, to develop new skills and talents while making new friends and helping us meet our mission. And of course, we are always looking for new volunteers. So if you are looking for a new adventure or a way to make connections while working for a good cause, we make it easy….it takes only 5-10 minutes to submit our online volunteer application and then you’re connected and on your way to becoming a Community Partnership volunteer and an integral part of our team!