Togetherhood

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“Our Y is running a nationwide program called Togetherhood. It provides Y members with an easy, fun, and rewarding way to volunteer for service projects that strengthen the community where we live. The program is led by a committee of Y members that helps organize and run four service projects a year.

Registration form: http://peoriaymca.org/main/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Togetherhood-Registratoin-Spring-2015.pdf

We are looking for Y members to join our Service Committee. Folks who are

  • passionate about the benefits of service and volunteering;
  • represent the diversity of our community and membership;
  • and are willing and able to be an advocate for the benefits of service with Y members and community partners.

The commitment for the members of this Service Committee will be to

  • attend a minimum number of monthly meetings (time and date TBD) for a one-year term;
  • select and lead, or co-lead, one of four community service projects each year, using the YMCA Togetherhood Toolkit;
  • and invite members, friends, and family from within their social networks to participate in projects, promoting the benefits of service as part of Y membership.”

Responsibilities: The Service Committee responsibilities include:

  • Planning and organizing a minimum of four projects over the calendar year using the tools provided in the YMCA Togetherhood toolkit
  • Running committee meetings, scheduled by the committee as often as the number and scale of service projects require; monthly planning meetings are recommended
  • Leading, or co-leading, a service project during the committee term, including planning and reporting on the outcomes of the project, by each committee member
  • Collaborating with community partners as a partner liaison, where required
  • Working in partnership with the committee’s Y Staff Advisor who provides access to the systems required to deliver this program (registration, promotion, reporting)
  • Promoting service projects to other Y members, as part of the Y member experience

Service Committee members should have the following qualities and skills:

  •  Represent the diversity of Y membership and the local community; consider age, gender, race, ethnicity, language, physical abilities, skills, and socioeconomic situation to promote inclusion
  • Passionate about the benefits of service and volunteering
  • Bring project or other management skills
  • Willing and able to promote the program to Y members and be an advocate for service
  • Committed to the Y’s mission and able to understand and use the program model
  • Willing to roll up his or her sleeves and help lead and inspire others to participate
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