Congrats to Aliso Viejo City Council for being honored as an outstanding community volunteers!
Team Members: Carmen Cave, Phillip Tsunoda, William Phillips, Ross Chun, Mike Munzing
Nominating Organization: City of Aliso Viejo
Honoree Category: Human & Community
Why Nominated: Aliso Viejo is a fantastic city built on a solid community of goodwill and kindness. Building on this foundation, the Aliso Viejo City Council created the Aliso Viejo Exchange, otherwise known as AVX, for residents and local non-profit organizations to connect with each other for volunteerism opportunities. The Aliso Viejo Exchange (AVX) is a first-of-its-kind, one-stop shop, on-line program that pairs up organizations with eager volunteers ready to give back to the community.
The Aliso Viejo City Council heard from some of its residents. The residents wanted to give back to their City by engaging in community service activities. They asked the Council, what can the City do to better foster and promote and make available community and public service activities they could participate in.
This started the long but fruitful journey by the City Council on the creation of the Aliso Viejo Exchange concept. The City Council reached out to dozens on institutions, organizations, non-profits and other entities to inquire if they had volunteer and community service needs. The answer was a resounding yes. When the Aliso Viejo Exchange (AVX) was launched in January of this year, over 650 volunteer and community service opportunities were listed!
But the success did not stop there. Hundreds of Aliso Viejo residents have utilized the AVX program with tremendous results. The City’s community events as well as non-profit organizations such as the Aliso Viejo Boys and Girls Club, the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society have had a plethora of community interest and commitments in participating and assisting in their respective endeavors.
The American Red Cross held a community blood drive in March. The Aliso Viejo Exchange was a perfect avenue to connect community volunteers to participate in working the event or by donating blood. The American Cancer Society has also posted their information on the website for the upcoming community Relay for Life event that will be held in Aliso Viejo. These are just two examples of how the City Council envisioned the Aliso Viejo Exchange (AVX) being utilized.
In an economy when most cities are cutting back services, the Aliso Viejo City Council recognizes the need for volunteerism and community support more than ever. With our local non-profits struggling financially, their service levels have increased but their funding levels decreased, there is a greater need for volunteers. Not only did the City Council recognize the need for volunteerism, they acted on it to create a fabulous tool that truly symbolizes the theme of “Spirit of Volunteerism!”
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