Dear Friends and Supporters of The Service Collaborative:
The Service Collaborative remains committed to our mission, addressing the needs of individuals and organizations by leveraging strengths to build stronger communities. We refuse to accept the barriers that limit potential and resolve to overcome them. During this time of uncertainty, we want you to know we are continuing our work across communities and have a committed team of staff available to support and motivate our participants and partners.
The offices of The Service Collaborative may be physically closed but we are up and running remotely, building telework plans for AmeriCorps and VISTA members, facilitating academic and workforce conversations with our youth-workforce participants and working together to ensure the well-being of everyone engaged with us is taken care of.
Here are some snapshots of how our programs are successfully operating in this new “normal”:
- ABLE Early Childhood members are continuing digital CDA instruction with the Child Care Resource Network, meeting three times each week to achieve their required 120 training hours and are also reflecting on early childhood podcasts, Ted Talks, and documentaries, as well as creating activity and lesson plans for parents and students while schools are closed!
- Economic Development Corps members are checking in with their students/clients weekly; planning financial literacy workshops; participating in self-directed professional development webinars; and updating/researching resource guides for their host sites!
- The Service Collaborative’s VISTA program currently has VISTA members remote serving in 8 states across the country! The nature of VISTA leans itself well to remote work and the majority of members have continued doing their service-related work. We are continuing and expanding on our digital training curriculum for all members and are doing weekly service call updates.
- Youth-Workforce programming at The Service Collaborative distributed over 40 learning packets to participants during our first week of closure, in order to ensure continued learning and engagement! The approach has been holistic while maintaining the integrity of education and work experience elements. Daily check-ins with students are done to touch base on their well-being/human needs/supportive services & academic/occupational skills training remote work progress.
- VolunteerWNY has taken the lead on coordinating volunteer recruitment efforts for non-profits in our community who are essential providers of services. VolunteerWNY.org is the outlet for individuals to find out what volunteer needs are in our community currently as well as volunteer opportunities that can be done virtually.
As time goes on we are adjusting our systems and expectations and expanding our engagement methods to allow for enhanced opportunities for connection across all of our staff, members and partners.
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Until next time, stay safe and healthy.