On January 23rd the 2017 HALO Award winners met for the last time as Cohort 7 at The California Wellness Foundation in Downtown Los Angeles. The final Peer Learning Session is always a bittersweet day as organizations reflect on key learnings and areas of growth, while also preparing for continuing the momentum of their work post-HALO.
During the program year Elizabeth House, Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice, Pasadena Educational Foundation, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, and WriteGirl have strengthened their volunteer programs through the creation and development of a volunteer management plan. For some, this plan has included onboarding a full-time volunteer coordinator, implementing a new database system, and/or formalizing volunteer training manuals.
In the afternoon, the group was joined by HALO Award alumni Jessica Ellis, Director at Centinela Youth Services (Cohort 6), Mary Henriques, Development Director at Valley Family Center (Cohort 5), and Wende Nichols-Julien, Chief Executive Officer at CASA of Los Angeles (Cohort 4). The three program alums shared their experiences navigating the work post-HALO, highlighting both the challenges and successes. Current program participants were able to ask specific questions on topics such as volunteer recruitment.
All six organizations put in tremendous amounts of work throughout their program year; The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation is excited to hear about their continued efforts and success!