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November Volunteer Spotlight

November Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteers play a pivotal role in the lives of nonprofits. Without volunteers, organizations wouldn’t have the time or ability to do many needed tasks.

Sometimes a nonprofit gets really lucky and find a volunteer that’s passionate about your organization and comes back time and time again no matter how many envelopes you ask them to address. Ashlee Mayer is one of those volunteers.

Barley & Board Named February Business Partner of the Month

Barley & Board Named February Business Partner of the Month

One of our favorite local businesses to partner with is Barley & Board, and we are so excited to name them our Business Partner of the Month for February!

Barley & Board has not only supported Serve Denton financially and with in-kind donations, but they have gotten their hands dirty too.

What Community Service Taught Me as a College Student

What Community Service Taught Me as a College Student

I cannot speak for all college students, but I believe many of us have some kind of meaningful experience during college that inspires us to change the world.

Sometimes though, we may become disheartened by the circumstances and realities around us that seem to limit our ability to influence all of the people, societies and institutions that make up the world. That is not to say none of us will make an impact for the benefit of many because that can still happen. However, what I think we sometimes miss that we can impact the world in which we live in through the immediate world around us—our community.

Nonprofit Centers & Why They Exist

Nonprofit Centers & Why They Exist

Serve Denton operates two nonprofit centers in Denton, TX, which provide low-cost space and collaborative opportunities to nonprofit agencies in the health and human services industry. We are not alone in our efforts, there are almost 400 known nonprofit centers in the U.S. and Canada! Together our sector occupies 13.75 million square feet, houses 28,000 employees and serves 99,000 people per week. The majority of the information and the studies below are from Nonprofit Centers Network. To find out more about them, click HERE.

Youth & Family Counseling Coming to Denton

Youth & Family Counseling is opening a second office in Denton, TX, at Serve Denton. They offer professional family-systems based counseling on a sliding scale, making it available for all income levels. Youth & Family Counseling, a Lewisville-based nonprofit, has served residents of Denton County for over 30 years with competent, confidential care, helping people overcome the challenges they may face. The only reason Youth & Family Counseling can come to Denton is because of the affordable office space Serve Denton provides. Starting Tuesday, February 23, 2016, they will start serving Denton residents at a more convenient location.12716379_942620275829888_7315895171102584982_o

Youth & Family Counseling Executive Director Eren Turner said, “We are thrilled about our Denton expansion! After repeated requests from clients, we are grateful for the opportunity to have our services be more accessible to all of the county. Through Serve Denton, Youth & Family Counseling will be able to make mental health care more available to those in need.”

This location will provide Community Counseling as well as a First Offender and At-Risk Kids Program, which is family counseling for adolescents who are referred by area police departments, courts and schools.

Let’s all help welcome Youth & Family Counseling to the Denton community! For more information about Youth & Family Counseling, contact their Executive Director Eren Turner at eturner@youthandfamilycounseling.org.

Become a Serving Leader

Becoming a leader. What all does that entail, and how do you accomplish such a feat? Our staff read The Serving Leader by Ken Jennings and John Stahl-Wert. The book is an exposition about becoming a leader – a serving leader. Executive directors aren’t the only ones who need to practice becoming a serving leader; there were 5 powerful take a ways from the book that we should all put into practice. serving leaderNow, in order to understand the 5 action steps, you must understand the format. The traditional leadership pyramid has the leader at the top with the lower positions making their way down the rungs. This book upends the pyramid, so the leader is at the very bottom, serving those now positioned above him. While this is important, this is not the foundation. The foundation starts with the first step:

 

Here are the 5 steps:

  1. Run to Great Purpose – Before you begin anything, you must have a solid goal. This goal must be so inspiring that you want to run toward it. In the world of nonprofits, our goal is found in our mission statement. Does your mission make you want to run toward a great purpose?
  1. Upend the Pyramid – I mentioned this point earlier, so now you know where it stands in the pyramid. Once you have a great purpose, you must make the decision to serve those “below” you in rank. When your organization succeeds, give them the credit, not yourself.
  1. Raise the Bar – This point is one of the most important to have a successful business, organization or family. Set high standards. If you expect the best, your team will want to reach that goal. If you don’t set the bar at exceptional, they will have no reason to become exceptional.
  1. Blaze the Trail – If you want your staff, coworkers and volunteers to be exceptional, you must make that effort possible. Remove the barriers, provide the necessary training and give your team the resources they need to achieve greatness. They can’t be exceptional if you don’t train them in that regard.
  1. Build on Strengths – This last point is the cherry on top. Look for people’s strengths; don’t focus on improving their weaknesses. Give everyone a role that fits their strengths so they can succeed. If someone is great at organization, but poor at public speaking, give that person an organizational role and enlist someone else for the public speaking role.

If you want to learn more about The Serving Leader, check out the book. It is a simple, easy read that explains the steps to becoming a Serving Leader. Help out your team by investing in your potential!