MWF Looking for MVO
Did you know that an SVP Partner acts as a 'Lead Partner' for every Investee we fund? We wanted to check-in with these volunteers to learn more about their stories and experiences in this most-important role. Pam Robbins, Lead Partner for the Denise Louie Education Center, starts us off.
With most volunteer opportunities, you go in, do your thing, and leave. Although you help the organization in some small, or even big, way, you don’t create any real connections. And those connections – an “MVO” (Meaningful Volunteer Opportunity) – are what I was looking for when I decided to become a Lead Partner for Denise Louie Education Center (DLEC).
Being a Lead Partner for DLEC has allowed me to be…
…part of an organization without actually taking on another job. I’m a pretty visible Lead Partner, as I’m at DLEC at least once a week. Consequently, DLEC’s staff members know me by name, if not by face. That hasn’t been true at other organizations where I volunteer just a few hours a month. The other day, I was getting off the bus, and a DLEC staff member greeted me as though I were a colleague. Now, how cool is that?
…a partner to an organization. While DLEC’s Executive Director certainly doesn’t call whenever she has to make a tough decision, she values my opinion and, more importantly, support, and will reach out to me at critical times. She’s had to make a few tough choices over the years, and it feels good to know that my encouragement might have been the extra support she needed to move forward.
If you want more than a “casual relationship” with a nonprofit, consider becoming a Lead Partner. Like all serious relationships, it requires more time and commitment than a “one-night stand,” but I think the rewards are well worth it!
Interested in becoming a Lead Partner? Check out our upcoming opportunities.