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Volunteer Challenge 2018 2018-08-10T11:58:25+00:00

Please review this entire invitation to apply prior to completing your proposal.
For any questions please contact Delilah McKay at dmckay@vcilf.org

Applications can be found at Application and Instructions

A. Introduction and Background

For 45 years Volunteers for Community Impact (VCI) has mobilized older adults to serve their communities in the Foster Grandparent Program and the RSVP program. Now VCI announces the launch of our new program, the Community Impact Program (CIP) which will serve our fellow nonprofits by recruiting volunteers of all ages. CIP’s goal is to facilitate, promote, and advocate volunteerism by partnering with service organizations to help them engage volunteers to make meaningful impact for our community.

CIP will not only assist nonprofits by recruiting volunteers for their ongoing mission, but also by hosting a biannual volunteer fair to promote, advocate and recruit volunteers. This event is the Volunteer Challenge. VCI would like to invite you to be a part of the inaugural launch of this incredible event.

Volunteer Challenge is designed to be a competition. Each organization chosen to compete will present their ideas before a live group of community stakeholders. Competing agencies will deliver a public presentation, similar to a Ted Talk or a “Shark Tank” demonstration. Their presentation will include information about their agency, including its mission, their clients, and how volunteers can assist them in building lasting impact for our community. The presentation will focus on describing a potential volunteer project that the audience can support.

Volunteer Challenge has two components of the competition. Round one is a Concept Paper stage. (Please see the enclosed attachments for instructions.) The organizations which submit the highest scoring concept papers will then be selected to compete at Volunteer Challenge.

As part of their presentation, contestants will respond to questions asked by a panel of judges. After all participants have completed their presentations, the audience will vote. The winner will be determined based upon a combination of judges scores and audience votes. VCI (through our new CIP program) will then partner with the winner to advertise their volunteer project, recruit volunteers and assist in facilitating the volunteer project on the event day.

Additionally, VCI will host a Kick-Off Party/fundraiser (date TBD) about a month before the service project event to help the winning organization publicize and raise funds for their volunteer project.

B. Volunteer Challenge – Project Goals

The Community Impact Program’s goal is to create lasting community change by working with other service organizations to provide volunteer opportunities for community members of all ages. Through the success of Volunteer Challenge the community will see:

  • An increase of mobilized volunteers serving our community.
  • An increase in number of community service hours.
  • An increase in dollar value of community service.
  • An increase in the number of people served.

All nonprofits in Orange, Seminole and Osceola are invited to submit a concept paper proposal. From the submitted concept papers, VCI will select the strongest proposals to advance to the second round. The winners of the Concept Paper Phase will then appear on stage and give a public presentation where they describe their proposed volunteer projects to an audience of community stakeholders. The audience will then vote for the proposal they feel would be most worthwhile to participate in. VCI will then partner with the winner to promote, recruit and engage volunteers in the project.

C. Invitation to Apply

Any public or private non-profit, public educational institution or local governmental agency are invited to submit a proposal/Concept Paper for the Volunteer Challenge. Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of judges and 3-5 finalists will be selected to present at the live event.

Once the winner of the Volunteer Challenge is determined, VCI will do two things. First, VCI will host a Kick-Off Party fundraiser about a month before the service project to help the winning organization publicize awareness and raise funds for their volunteer project. Secondly, VCI will promote the volunteer service event and recruit volunteers to participate in the winning project.

D. Submission Guidelines and Requirements To submit a proposal your organization must:

  • Be a certified 501(c)3 organization in the state of Florida.
  • Describe a volunteer project to be held in Orange, Osceola, or Seminole County. Propose a volunteer project that occurs between November 1, 2018 and January 31, 2019.
  • Follow Volunteer Challenge Proposal Application and Guidelines.

E. Tabling and Information Sharing Opportunity

Should your organization/business wish to support the VCI’s Volunteer Challenge but not compete in the actual competition, we encourage you to become a Supporting Exhibitor. As an Exhibitor, you will have the opportunity to have an exhibitor’s booth where you can distribute information, share information or your services and either recruit customers or volunteers for your business/organization. For an application and further details please click here.

F. Timeline

Date (2018) Item Due
July 16 Volunteer Challenge Request for Proposal Sent Out
July 31 VCI Q&A Conference Call to discuss Volunteer Challenge with interested applicants
August 17 Volunteer Challenge Proposal Due
August 20 – 31 Identify and notify Volunteer Challenge finalists
September 10 Volunteer Challenge

  • Location: Johnny’s Otherside – 1619 E Michigan St, Orlando, FL 32806
  • Set-up: 4:00 PM – 5:45 PM
  • Event Time: Tabling 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Volunteer Challenge 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Breakdown: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Late Applications: VCI may consider an application after the deadline, but only if the agency submits a letter to VCI explaining the extenuating technical circumstances that caused the delay. VCI must receive the letter within a business day after the deadline. Communications with VCI staff, including the Program Manager, is not a substitute for sending the letter.
Please note: VCI will not consider an advance request to submit a late application.