This is a strategy that aims to involve volunteers and identify and solve social problems with the municipal government and administration involved. It is a reciprocal process in which citizens and local authorities develop a common strategy, define short-term and long-term goals for their community, and then work hand in hand to achieve these goals. As partners, they communicate throughout the process and reflect on their work — discuss and evaluate what they have already done while maintaining their responsibility.
Our experience shows that volunteering initiatives are the most successful if they include the main elements listed below. This list is designed to help you understand each element so that you can include it when planning your volunteering initiatives.
Volunteers should be at the center of the influence — those who know what works in their communities, what provides their time and talent, and who will have the task of supporting initiatives in the future. The city cannot do this without their help.