The Stakeholders Volunteer Center was formed in 2008 by local young professionals committed to community service and civic engagement. At that time our mission was focused on training and connecting volunteers with volunteer opportunities through our online database. In 2010, we were designated by New York State as one of ten regional volunteer centers. Our reach expanded to include eight counties including Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Columbia, Greene, Saratoga, Warren and Washington which increased our impact on volunteerism in the Capital Region.
The same year, The Stakeholders was named an affiliate of the National Points of Light Institute HandsOn Network, supported by the George Bush Foundation. HandsOn Network, the volunteer-focused arm of the Points of Light Institute, is the largest volunteer network in the nation and includes more than 250 HandsOn Action Centers in 16 countries. Hands On includes a powerful network of more than 70,000 corporate, faith and nonprofit organizations that are answering the call to serve and creating meaningful change in their communities.
As part of HandsOn, our goal was not only to encourage adults to serve their communities, but to build youth character and engage local businesses and young professionals to become philanthropic leaders, because they are the future generations who will be impacted by community needs.
Today The Stakeholders mission has evolved to be more action-oriented while building on the core belief that big problems are best solved by the community as a whole. We continue to be an affiliate of the National Points of Light Hands On Network and believe our area’s youth, young professionals, and a strong partnership with the business community, higher education and government, will play an important role in the future success of our community. We also provide training for nonprofit leaders through our Stakeholders Institute including volunteer management and board service programs.
No longer a regional volunteer center, we are focused on building a Civic Engagement Council that will take a regional approach to tackling some of the biggest issues facing the Capital Region by fostering collaboration and communication amongst all interested parties…the region’s stakeholders.
Key to the Town Hall meeting-style approach of the Stakeholders’ Civic Engagement Council is cultivating an atmosphere of cooperation and understanding. The Council will include nonprofits, business, government, higher education, as well as those in need of services or simply interested in joining the discussion and providing their skills and resources.
The Stakeholders Civic Engagement Council identified 7 issue areas that have emerged in recent years in our area:
The 3 issues that emerged as priorities are:
We are kicking off the Council this Fall along with the first Task Force for Veterans/Military Families issues. A Veterans Task Force of nonprofits, businesses, higher education, government and individuals with a vested interest in each of these issues is currently being formed. Check out the Task Force pages for each issue for more detailed information on how to get involved and impact the future of the Capital Region. To serve on a Task Force, join Stakeholders as a member and choose which issue you would like to be involved in.
Please contact us for more information or to volunteer your time or services.
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