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Team Vittana’s HandsOn Leadership project complete! May 15, 2012

Filed under: HandsOn Leadership,Lead — seattleworks @ 5:36 pm

HOL volunteer, Jordan Bailey, and Vittana Community and Culture Manager Sophie Kauffman at the volunteer Open House that the HOL team helped organize

We’re so proud! In January, three awesome HandsOn Leadership volunteers – Jordan Bailey, Kathy Brustad, and Kenny Lee – started their work on a project with our also-awesome partner Vittana. Their goal: To manage an initiative to recruit new volunteers who could translate and edit profiles of students around the world who are seeking loans for higher education. The team wrapped up their project last month, and here’s what they have to say about what they accomplished:


“Our challenge was to recruit qualified volunteers, in order to keep the magic of philanthropy churning for Vittana. We knew that posting ads in the traditional volunteer recruiting channels would garner interest, but Vittana was looking for that special team of volunteers that matched Vittana’s vision and culture which consisted of ‘startup mentality’ and ‘change the world through education.’

We specifically targeted working professionals from 2 major corporations in the Pacific Northwest: Boeing and Microsoft. And even within each of the corporations, we shared the volunteer opportunities to targeted organizations….As a result, we had nearly a dozen potential volunteers show up at Vittana’s very first volunteer recruiting/training event, which we also helped organize. In addition, we created training videos so that volunteers can be introduced to Vittana’s translation programs and get up and running with minimal oversight.

Hands On Leadership was definitely a success for both the volunteers and Vittana. Ultimately, it was a great match of volunteer skillsets and personalities, which led to the resounding success of this project.”


All in all, the team recruited 32 new volunteers who have translated hundreds of student profiles. Amazing! You can read what Vittana has to say about the project and see some more photos on their blog. Thanks to the volunteers and Vittana staff who worked so hard to make this project a huge success!

Want to get in on the HandsOn Leadership action? We’ve got another training session kicking off in May and another weekend option in June:


One Response to “Team Vittana’s HandsOn Leadership project complete!”

  1. […] manage a 2 to 9 month project with a partner nonprofit. We have some great ones lined up for fall! And have done some awesome projects in the past! 2. You’re ready to take on a leadership role. You’re not just a volunteer, you’re a leader […]

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