Twenty-second century Social Justice strategies will ensure that
the protection of historically underserved persons continue to
triumph by implementing strategic planning for volunteers.
Since the 1960’s the prevalent strategies for protecting peoples
rights involved marches, rallies, policy changes, and law suits
to name a few. While these strategies have benefited many it
seems that the uphill struggle has intensified. Civil rights
leaders must consider other alternatives to accomplish their
goals and vision.
Vision is one of the most important tools
needed to unite a team. If we evaluate the vision of the White
separatists and White nationalists
we find that they focus on embracing a world that benefits
Whites. This vision has become the glue for the partnership that
they have formed and the primary reason for their continued
existence and success.
Civil rights leaders must also unite their volunteers with a
unified vision. The challenge is that many civil rights
organizations become inundated with volunteers who are looking
for notoriety that will increase their individual value and
self-worth in some form or fashion. This vision can often
compete with the vision of the civil rights
organization and create challenges with maintaining the
Volunteers are different than
employees. Employees are hired with the intent of exchanging
services for goods such as a pay, health benefits, security, and
other perks. Organizations with an assortment of volunteers have
a different exchange system and if the organization opts to
release the individual they will incur some of the same hidden
loses associated with firing an employee.
First, the former supporter may become disenchanted and
eventually become competition by associating themselves with
another similar organization or starting their own civil rights
movement. This trend of division is the main reason why the
civil rights movement has not advanced as much as former civil
rights leaders have anticipated.
Secondly, the organization will have to replace the former
volunteer. This can become time consuming and costly in regards
to the number of hours needed for the appropriate supervision
Finally, if the person is not replaced others within the
organization will become
responsible for performing those duties. This can lead to
exhaustion for that volunteer who may decide to eventually leave
which now initiates the same detrimental cycle.
Civil rights leaders must unite their volunteers by facilitating
strategic planning. Involving volunteers in the strategic
planning process will enable the entire team to focus on the
organization’s vision. Volunteers will feel connected and are
less likely to focus on their own individual agenda which will
result in longevity for the organization and its purpose.
Strategic planning begins with developing a shared vision. The
next phase involves developing goals that correlate to the
vision. Next the team develops objectives/strategies for each
goal followed by developing timelines and a budget for each