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- Service Enterprise Program Overview
At AL!VE, we strive to meet organizations where they are and support them in the volunteer engagement journey. With this in mind, we recognize that not every organization is in a place where they can sign up to fully commit to participate in the Service Enterprise Program and transform how they integrate and leverage the time, talents, skills, and lived experience of volunteers to achieve strategic volunteer engagement. Yet, we know that when organizations can invest in a few hours to take the Index of Volunteer Engagement (I.V.E.) and have a facilitated debrief session, they can see how the organization is currently doing and begin to strengthen their practices to engage the community and volunteers better to help them deliver their mission.
Through our partnership with our Service Enterprise Training & Implementation Partners across the country, we offer the opportunity for organizations to take advantage of the I.V.E. diagnostic assessment that is used in the Service Enterprise Program to help them gain a sense of their strengths and areas of opportunity when it comes to community and volunteer engagement. For over a decade, research has confirmed and helped us refine the key drivers in organizations that effectively engage the community. This can be a great tool to help your organization support a new strategic plan, inform a road map for more diverse and integrated community engagement efforts, or prioritize your volunteer engagement capacity-building efforts.
About the Diagnostic & Debrief Service
The Diagnostic & Debrief Service is valued at $1500, yet many of our Service Enterprise Training & Implementation Partners are able to leverage AmeriCorps, state, and/or private funds to minimize the cost to organizations. We will connect you with a Service Enterprise Trainer to get you a personalized estimate for pricing and timing.
Completing the Diagnostic, I.V.E.
Participating in the Debrief
In addition to the formal report that will include tools to assist your organization in implementing community engagement practices, you will have the opportunity for focused and facilitated conversations about engaging the community as volunteers for your organization.
Without a sound strategy to engage the community, you are significantly less likely to achieve your mission and advance your vision. The I.V.E. provides your organization with a baseline to gauge current stewardship of the resources available to you through your active community engagement to help you create a sound strategy and deliver your mission by strategically engaging volunteers.
The RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the University of Texas at Austin has identified 12 characteristics of organizations that operate as a Service Enterprise and demonstrate strategic volunteer engagement. To learn more about the Service Enterprise Domains and Characteristics check out our Service Enterprise Characteristics 11x17 Poster.
To connect with a Training & Implementation Partner, request additional information about our Diagnostic & Debrief services, or learn more about the overall Service Enterprise Program, contact our National Service Enterprise Administrator, Kayla Paulson, at ServiceEnterprise@volunteeralive.org.