If yes, provide organization name.
Comité Pro Ayuda al Necesitado, San Francisco de Asís Catholic Parish
Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.
Although we do not have partnership in the strict sense we do hold very good relationships with businesses and government. As part of our community we are able not only to reach more, and be known more, but to do more. We strive for leaving a strong mark to our population that actually sets a direction of a group of human beings helping each other and walking towards the same goal: the pursuit of happiness and equality for everybody.
What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization?
We are working harder to improve our volunteers program, our sustainability and a solid working environment. We have strong ties with the school system and the program is shifting its direction into getting more students. Participation and collaboration not only benefits us but gives the students back a sense of responsibility towards society, its needs and its values. We are very happy with it and we hope to get more and more every year. As we mentioned before, we included in our strategic plan, the need of having a small business that can generate income on a daily basis. To sustain ourselves economically, we have, at this time, two ideas which are waiting for discussion and approval by the Board of Directors: one is a plant nursery and the other one is a mini cafeteria, or better known in our country as a “kiosko”, where we may sell fritters, sandwiches, water, soda, etc.. Our third action needed to help grow our innovation has to do with our staff. We all need to have clear and new ideas, so we can keep up with the times and the world around us. Workshops, talks so we can learn what is new. Also regular evaluations with everybody is needed, especially asking for their feedback. It is not only important, but necessary; it makes grow an environment of team work, everybody has in mind the same goal and when one stops, the other one continues.