The Care Strategy Unites Unlikely Allies
Monty L. Hipp & Brandi C. Summers Dorsett
The C4 Group’s Care Strategy community engagement plan rallies around a virtue model providing a permission slip for partnership for collaboration across sectors. Key solution providers – faith, government, corporate, and givers (philanthropic and volunteer) increase collective impact by joining efforts to meet needs in community.
Imagine schools partnering with the broader faith community to help middle school students have safe options for after school programs and sports opportunities. Imagine the mayor asking a reverend to serve on their City committee to help stop the growing drug addiction problem that has impacted their community. Imagine a non-profit partnering with corporations to help meet the needs of homeless people. Unlikely allies are partnering across the nation to impact culture by improving their communities through The Care Strategy.
As we work with organizations across the nation, we are discovering that collaboration is becoming a required approach to meet the demands of needs in society and community. The Care Strategy positions organizations to be in the center of solution in community. It creates the framework and clear roadmap for ongoing efforts that increase visibility, trust, participation, and impact. The Care Strategy unites unlikely allies by utilizing The Virtue Model eliminating separation of individuals and organizations that previously determined participation with others based on values. It encourages organizations to become more aware of the people and possible connections around them.
The C4 Group resonates with Points of Light and JPMorgan Chase’s effort to unite unlikely allies in service to ‘One America’. “Acts of service can indeed cross boundaries, bring together the most unlikely allies, and build stronger communities,” said Michelle Nunn, CEO of Points of Light, the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service. “Recognizing that people in communities are tackling tough challenges every day, One America will showcase volunteer ideas that are working, and present them in a way that others can then implement in their own communities.” http://www.one-america.org/
The chasm between the challenges communities face and effective solutions will take all sectors working together in order to build a bridge for lasting change. As unlikely allies develop a common vision and agenda, they replace silos and services that have become fragmented and dispersed – increasing access to services and thus increasing collective impact.
The Care Strategy champions unlikely allies joining forces to provide solutions for needs in community – bringing hope and help to people across the nation.