Mission & Vision

At Jericho Road, we bridge communities by matching the professional talents of volunteers with the needs of community-based nonprofit organizations and businesses to promote community development, strengthen social services, and enrich the lives of volunteers.

 

What we know

A powerful community of nonprofit organizations – focused on homelessness and affordable housing, youth and education, family services, health care, arts and culture, and the environment, and more – enhances the quality of life in cities and towns, particularly those with low-income populations.
 
Often these nonprofits entrusted with serving others are in great need themselves.  Over-extended staff and underfunded programming are frequent hallmarks of their daily existence.  Improving services, or simply sustaining services, can feel like daunting tasks with little staff time and fewer resources to devote to important operational and strategic challenges. 
 
Skilled professionals who support nonprofits by volunteering their time and expertise can bridge this gap.  An influx of skills and resources can free nonprofit staff to work more on program delivery, and less on fundraising and infrastructure.

 

How we help

Matching volunteer skills with nonprofit needs. Our Jericho Road Site Directors are embedded in their communities and get to know their nonprofit clients and volunteers one-on-one.  They often help nonprofits identify and prioritize projects in key areas – IT, strategic planning, business development, accounting, marketing – which they lack the resources to tackle.  No-obligation meetings allow volunteer experts to meet with nonprofit managers to see whether and how they might work together.  Directors follow the progress of each project, and when a project is completed, review the experience and project results with all involved.  The 40-50 volunteer projects completed annually in a community creates a rising tide that lifts all boats.  Simply put, as nonprofits grow in strength over time, so may the communities in which they serve. 
 
Training and matching executives with nonprofit boards.  Well-trained boards with members who understand their roles – governance, fiscal and legal oversight, and fundraising – provide ongoing support and resources that enable nonprofits to do their jobs more effectively.  In line with our mission, Jericho Road prepares and places executives for service on nonprofit boards, where they can make a difference not only by volunteering time and experience, but also by brokering relationships, making donations or accessing corporate resources. Our hands-on placement process matches a potential board member's expertise and passion for mission and with the needs of a nonprofit board, to ensure a mutually rewarding match. 

 

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