The pilot year of Opportunity Saint Paul (OSP) is almost complete!
In this first year, we have learned that OSP mobilizes volunteers to build economic mobility, supports the effectiveness of volunteers, and strengthens faith communities.
We are heartened by the positive feedback from our volunteers. In fact, several have even doubled their time commitment!
The July 26 Learning Community evening will focus on what we have learned. Our nonprofit partners will brief us on our collective impact, and we’ll hear from volunteers about what worked and what might strengthen the program.
Together with our expert evaluator, Michael Quinn Patton, we are planning for next year by asking hard questions and learning from the work others are doing around the country to build the most promising program design.
Looking to next year
Sign-up is open for OSP for the 2018-19 school year! We’d love to have you and/or your faith community join us in this energizing work.
For the 2018-19 school year, we will expand our recruiting to include not only individuals but also houses of worship—churches, mosques, synagogues, and others—or, as we affectionately call them, HOWs. We aim to engage ten “anchor” HOWs. Each will identify two congregants to participate in the full OSP program and eight more congregants to volunteer with a chosen nonprofit partner.
We will provide many ways for the whole HOW to share in learning about effective anti-poverty work. If your house of worship might be interested in OSP – and/or if you would like to join us as an individual – please email Randi Roth at firstname.lastname@example.org.