Over 40 New Foundations-AVP volunteer facilitators and project board members met on a Saturday in November to share their vision for New Foundations-AVP and develop a plan to achieve that vision. Participants expressed a desire for two things:
- Outreach – to offer AVP to a broader range of audiences, experiment with the format and content in delivering AVP, and network with other community organizations.
- Volunteer Engagement – to increase diversity in our corps of volunteers, build a strong community of support among volunteers, and provide more resources and support to people being released from prison.
The participants were then asked to assess the organization’s strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities. Based on this analysis, three critical success factors to achieve our vision were identified for New Foundations in 2017:
- Resources and Fundraising– Develop and implement a strategy and specific action plans to increase revenues by 50% and in-kind support necessary to achieve the vision of expanding AVP and supporting its volunteers.
- Volunteer Development – Identify and implement strategies and action plans to improve volunteer engagement and community building.
- Community Outreach and Growth – Explore opportunities to expand AVP into the community as well as in new criminal justice settings.
A special thanks to Larry Rowland and Susan LeTerneau who facilitated the successful event. We also extend special appreciation to Jeff London for finding sponsors for the event -the Metropolitan State University Criminal Justice Honors Organization who provided the Tivoli Multicultural Room on the Auraria Campus and the Metropolitan State University Provost and Dean for the delicious breakfast and lunch.