If you’ve ever seen a house built by a single person, you’re probably witnessing history. The fact is, houses are built by a team. Trying to lay a foundation, construct walks and raise a roof requires a big team of construction workers, developers, designers and more.
This illustration perfectly describes the concept of collective impact in the volunteer world. It refers to the idea that when diverse groups of people and organizations come together, they can enact positive change in their communities. And at every stage, volunteers can be a part of the process.
First, the stakeholders must identify a common problem that they will address together. Volunteers can organize group discussions, narrow down priorities and identify common objectives.
Next, they must identify the people and tools for the job. Who will do the work, and on what timeframe? Volunteers can put pencil to paper, delegate assignments and appoint team leaders to ensure all angles of a project run smoothly.
Finally, the project itself kicks off. As work progresses, volunteers are likely active participants as well as point people who can communicate successes, failures and needs to the overall group.
When everything has been completed, volunteers are the ones who champion the project, share details with the media and write reports that internally document the ups and downs of volunteerism for historical and educational purposes that will benefit future generations.