Course Summary

Once you've determined that your organization is ready and willing to take on community service partners, you'll want to identify potential partners in your community and assess them according to pre-determined criteria. You will then need to collaborate with potential partner agencies to determine the type and scope of your work together, the types of events and/or projects to undertake, the number of volunteers you wish to engage, and the community issue you wish to impact.

Get to know the potential partner through interviews and site visits. Accordingly, give them the opportunity to get to know your national service program. Clarify your parameters for all projects and partnerships. As relationships and project opportunities develop, and a partnership appears advantageous for both parties, solidify your relationship through formal or informal agreements. Continue to support and celebrate your partner throughout the life of the relationship, including recognizing and celebrating your mutual accomplishments.

If it is determined that an organization is not a good partner fit for your national service program, it is always a good idea to keep the organization's information on file for future reference. Events may change and new opportunities may arise that could possibly allow for future partnerships.

Now that you have completed this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the importance of partnerships to a volunteer program
  • Assess your organization's readiness for taking on partnerships
  • Identify potential partners Assess potential partners
  • Establish and support partnerships

We hope you thoroughly enjoyed this course! For questions and/or to receive additional information or training, please contact Hands On Network at

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