December Forum: Putting Your Passions into Action

Come discover impactful volunteer options that will put your career skills to good use, help you learn new things, and make meaningful social connections.

 

Have you ever walked/ran in a charity race? Volunteered at SHIFT? Served as an election judge? Shopped at the local Co-op?  Well, then you already know a bit about social enterprises: businesses and non-profits whose mission is to change the world for the better. Social enterprises are in our communities and on our streets – from coffee shops and networking groups, to health clinics and educational communities.   These organizations tackle social problems and aim to improve our communities, people’s life chances, or the environment.

“With the baby boom generation reaching middle age, volunteer organizations are eager to tap the vast wealth of knowledge and experience these individuals can bring to volunteer positions,” said Peg Hendricks, Cornell University.  

At the same time, the scope and number of service opportunities currently available often do not easily map to a midlifer’s diversity, skills, and motivations – nor those of the younger adult generations!  Volunteers prefer to put their career skills to good use, learn new things, and make social connections as part of their volunteering experience.  However with the plethora of volunteer options available across the Twin Cities area, how do you choose the impactful service options that provide you the right amount of flexible project roles, accountabilities and service duration?

At our December Forum, discover the many forms serving your community can take in the year 2017, from the new ways non-profit organizations are utilizing volunteers to involvement in social enterprise organizations. There is a rich spectrum of options available to you!  Come engage in a conversation about what is evolving in the Twin Cities community, and discover what resonates with you. Listen to our panelists, ask questions and share your stories!

Our Panelists

Tracy Nielsen is Executive Director, HandsOn Twin Cities. She provides vision, leadership, financial stewardship and strategic direction for the Twin Cities only full-service volunteer center. Tracy is devoted to helping all people achieve their potential and believes that every person can play a role in the betterment of their community – especially through the power of volunteerism
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Steven Olinger, Manager for Government and Distribution, EMC Publishing.  Steve has a long track record of helping mid-Minnesota nonprofits identify competitive advantages, promote measurable outcomes and build stronger volunteer and partner relationships.

Katie Ladas, is Director, Volunteerism for the Greater Twin Cities United Way.  She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge on managing and motivating staff and high-level volunteers – inspiring their day-to-day work while advancing their long-term career growth and/or life-long passion.

 

Monday, December 5, 2016
Reception: 6:30 pm
Presentation: 7:00-8:30 pm
Location: Minnesota State University Mankato at Edina; Training Center (Bottom Level)

Event fee: $10 for members; $20 for non-members

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