ItemGo Volunteer Probono: Building the Case for Engaging Skilled Volunteers in Today’s Nonprofit Sector(RGK Center, 2007-09-01) Rehnborg, Sarah Jane ItemAustin Habitat for Humanity: Rebuilding Momentum and Trust(RGK Center, 2007) Struckman, SaraHabitat for Humanity International describes its mission: “to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.” Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need. ItemLifeworks: From Crisis to Success in Austin(RGK Center, 2007) Struckman, SaraIn Austin, Texas, LifeWorks is an $8 million, multifaceted human services organization providing support as youth and families “transition from crisis to safety and success”1. This dynamic, well-respected product of a merger provides an array of services for homeless, runaway and foster youth; counseling to individuals and families; and prevention programs for at-risk school-age youth. It is a strong advocacy voice for the needs of at-risk children and families, and enjoys a leadership role in the human service community. ItemGetting to Yes: The Points of Light and Hands on Network Merger(RGK Center, 2008) Edward, DeborahThe two organizations had evolved from different premises, and had developed different cultures and methods to meet a common challenge of engaging citizens in civic volunteering. Each of these national initiatives was making a difference in promoting volunteerism and supporting citizen service. Both had become more concerned about financial sustainability and impact in recent months. For five years the two groups had been competing in some areas, and collaborating in others, and the idea of consolidation was present. Merging the two national volunteer leaders could strengthen volunteerism, streamline costs and services, and deepen impact The upcoming retirement of the POLF CEO provided an opportunity to move the conversation toward action. But could they overcome the challenges of honoring the legacy of former President George H.W. Bush and the work of the Washington-based POLF while embracing the new social activism ethos and inclusive, grass-roots management style of the Hands On Network? Could the two groups together find a financially sustainable model and be even more effective in championing the voluntary sector. Could “1+1 = 5” ?