We’re excited to announce a new partnership with Friends Foundation for the Aging!
In QVS’s current program model, we strive to offer young adults immersive service experience in line with their vocational calling. Our goal isn’t to invent or create new service work, but to increase the capacity of organizations already invested in their communities. In this model, QVS relies upon site placements to pay a fee to host a QVS Fellow. The revenue from these sites allows QVS to invest our time and funds into our programming work rather than allocating a majority of time and funds to fundraising. Yet, this financial commitment can be a barrier for smaller community based organizations with less resources.
During the site placement recruitment/application process in our program cities, we learned about new sites interested in hosting a Fellow, but who lacked the funds to do so.
This coming year, we are partnering with Friends Foundation for the Aging (FFA) to sponsor two new site placements: FriendshipWorks
in Boston, and NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center
in Minneapolis/St. Paul. FFA
is stepping in to help share the cost of the site placement fees. This partnership feels especially worthwhile because the particular social service partners we have identified recognize this as an opportunity to build capacity. Both organizations are piloting work they’ve never done before to expand and institutionalize services that they would not be able to do without the direct service of a QVS Fellow. Furthermore, we’re investing in community and social service partners who support aging adults, offering young adults an opening into this field and broadening the type of service opportunities we offer.
We will be sure to share news and updates once the year gets going!
Click on the pictures and site placement logos below to learn more about the Fellows and organizations that will be engaged in the FFA partnership this year!