National program to help Siouxland nonprofits tap volunteer talent

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A program developed by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, will be coming to Siouxland in 2019 for the first time.  The Service Enterprise Initiative will strengthen the capacity of area nonprofits to leverage volunteers and their skills to address community needs. 

Hosted by VolunteerSiouxland and presented by the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service, the initiative takes nonprofit leaders through a comprehensive research-based assessment, training, consulting and certification model.  The end goal is to ensure the organizations are equipped with the tools and technical assistance necessary to support a fundamental transformation of how they utilize volunteers. 

“We couldn’t be happier about having the opportunity to bring this amazing program to Siouxland,” says VolunteerSiouxland Co-Founder Kevin Engel-Cartie.  “The impact other organizations around the country have seen from participating in Service Enterprise is just amazing and now local nonprofits can benefit from it.”

The program involves organizational leaders and Board members and includes an orientation and four workshops over a two month period, with additional follow-up and support.  Although the program is valued at $5,000, the cost for local nonprofits is just $200 thanks to a grant from Telligen and the support of the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service. 

“We refer to it as a program or training, but really it’s much more than that,” says Engel-Cartie.  “It’s comprehensive assessment, training, coaching, and certification over 6 months to a year that will strengthen nonprofits and help them do so much more for those they serve.” 

Space is limited for the Service Enterprise program, with applications accepted now until February 1, as space permits.  Orientation will be held February 20 and the workshops begin March 20. 

More information can be found at or by e-mailing 

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