Green Empowerment relies on community support for funding and labor for the projects. Because they are based in Portland, the put on events around the city to teach people about what they do, hopefully attract new supporters, and to raise money.
Green Empowerment is included in events that take place at Portland State University and Portland Community College. However, Lewis and Clark has so far been excluded from their events, which contributes to the fact that they are not a well known organization among the student body.
Green Empowerment has an Associate Board made up of young people, one of which is a Lewis and Clark student. However, there is only four of them and I think we could make Green Empowerment and even better known organization among young people if we selected student ambassadors from different local colleges to take on the role of student outreach at their respective schools.
According to the Lewis and Clark website, LC is one of the Peace Corps’ top volunteer producing school. Because Green Empowerment offers educational volunteer opportunities abroad, there is reason to believe that Lewis and Clark students and graduates would be interested in being involved with the organization if they knew about it.
These events would also be an opportunity to reach out to students at other colleges in the area. Because it would be free, it might be more accessible than some of GE’s other events who are catered to an older audience with the purpose of raising money. The students who attend could then go back to their respective campuses and educate their peers about the organization. This would be a mutually beneficial relationship between the organization and the students because GE needs volunteers to keep their projects going and many students who graduate college are looking for ways to travel and volunteer.
Environmental Engagement students could partner with green empowerment to create an event at Lewis and Clark college. The focus of this event would be to educate Lewis and Clark students about what the organization in hopes of attracting potential volunteers.
In order to carry the effects of the of community engagement past a single event, student ambassadors could be selected from Lewis and Clark college and potentially other schools as well. A lot of companies use college students to promote their product among their peers. Why not use this model for something like an NGO? Student ambassadors from colleges around the Pacific Northwest could be helpful for recruiting volunteers. These ambassadors would serve as liaisons between students and the organization to promote outreach to college aged students.
The event would be held on Lewis and Clark campus in order to make it easily excusable to as many students as possible. Some, if not all, of Green Empowerment’s events around Portland cost money to attend, this could be a barrier to attracting a crowd of college aged students. Because the main goal of the event would be to the organization and not to fundraise, the event would be free.If a partnership with Green Empowerment is forged in the future, maybe one of their staff members would willing to come to the event to talk about Green Empowerment’s projects and what it is like to volunteer for them.