See a Need, Take the Lead!

January 02, 2018

A Self Directed Volunteer Team (SDV Team) is a skilled group of volunteers who have a variety of skills and come together to address issues in their community. The approach is research-based and has demonstrated volunteers can be self-directed to free up staff time that might otherwise be spent ‘managing’ volunteers.

In partnership with the Self Directed Volunteer Network(SDVN), GWAAR is seeking agencies to develop SDV teams and complete projects with the assistance, training and coaching of expert SDVN facilitators and GWAAR staff. Some examples of self-directed team projects include:

  • starting a memory café
  • revamping a Senior Center gift shop
  • encouraging greater patron volunteerism at a senior center.


The RFP, posted below, details the benefits, requirements and application process. The application deadline is January 29, 2018.

GWAAR See a Need, Take the Lead RFP

GWAAR RFP Cover Letter

For more information about the project and to answer your questions prior to applying, there will be a webinar on Wednesday, January 17th at 3pm. The call-in information is as follows:

Please join meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (312) 757-3121 Access Code: 795-018-253

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GWAAR is thrilled to offer this opportunity to help meet the needs of agencies, volunteers and the communities they serve. The Common Identity of the Aging Network states that “Volunteers Are Key to Service Delivery”. The GWAAR See a Need, Take the Lead initiative will help continue to build the valuable volunteer network in Wisconsin.

Feel free to email See a Need, Take the Lead project managers Carrie Porter or Valeree Lecey with any questions.
We look forward to working with you to create a successful self-directed volunteer program in your agency.