Funny thing about calendars and lives is that lives go on regardless of what the calendar says the day is. So for PAW Team, New Year's day is like every other day - one filled with work and hope and help for those who need it the most. Personally I don't make resolutions, I follow a Strategic Plan. By taking little steps every day toward a specific goal I've found that I can actually do more in the long run.
What's the Strategic Plan for PAW Team?
Last summer, when the ice wasn't frozen on our windows, we had a Board Retreat where we created several committees that will help PAW Team carry out it's work in the community. Every task was tied to the mission to provide veterinary care for the pets of the homeless or those living in dire poverty. By breaking it down into groups of activities and from that smaller steps for each group or committee, it's pretty do-able. The steps, broadly stated, are all about serving the pets of the poor and homeless better and include:
Medical: increase number of vets at clinics, create weekday clinics to handle things that can't wait for the regular monthly clinics, increase Outreach clinics to reach those who can't get to us.
Board/Staff: expand board and expertise including volunteerism, fundraising, and improve Orientations for volunteers
Financial: increase funding base, recruit more volunteers for this area
Outreach: increase outreach to Partner Agencies (non-profits that serve the same population we do) and Veterans, enhance Information and Referral services
Fundraising: broader base of activities that includes traditional methods (grantwriting, Give!Guide, etc.) and new avenues
While this is not by any means an "official" review of our Strategic Plan, I'm delighted to say we're really on track with all our objectives. Nothing in the Plan was so lofty it wasn't doable. Everything was focused on making us stronger so we can help those who need it even more.
If you're interested in helping us help those who need it the most, give us a call or fill out a Volunteer application on our website. PAW Team was started by folks who saw a problem and created something to fix it.
Who do we need? People who love animals and care about their health, and their human families. We need folks who do social media, marketing, graphic design, fundraising, bookkeeping. Folks who like to talk with groups, who like to work with volunteers. We need you. Be part of our solution.