The Saint Paul City Council passed a resolution this week declaring Thursday, July 26, 2018, “Interfaith Action” day in recognition of the impact the organization’s Opportunity Saint Paul program had in its pilot year.
Nearly 100 volunteers and the seven nonprofit partners who joined Opportunity Saint Paul (OSP) for the first year will gather tonight (July 26) to share experiences and feedback for the year to come. We look forward to learning a great deal in this session.
We know from our initial year-end interviews that participants believe strongly that they individually had impact through their weekly volunteering. They also have told us that the learning events throughout the year advanced their understanding of how to systemically reduce poverty and provided opportunities to build community among volunteers who would not ordinarily cross paths.
Our nonprofit partners said that OSP volunteers were significantly more consistent, committed and helpful, and that being a part of OSP created significant efficiencies in their operations.
As we learn more, we will share our findings and plans for the coming year. Stay tuned!