We challenge communities across the country to come together, embrace their differences and cultivate social change. We see having strong partnerships as key to fulfilling our mission. Nonprofit organizations that need to create, improve, or expand their services to meet community needs are welcome to apply to host an Ally. Allies have served at organizations focused on youth, education, economic development, health, arts, environment, and other social and community services.
Thousands of nonprofits have partnered with Public Allies since 1992 to provide apprenticeships for diverse, emerging leaders who are driven by our values and committed to strengthening their community. Our AmeriCorps Ally program is cost-effective, strengthens nonprofits, and connects your agency to a network of like-minded organizations. We also offer trainings, networking, collaboration, and opportunities to partner on special events that build community. Organizations should view Allies as valuable tools in expanding the capacity of the organization through greater effectiveness, efficiency, or reach.
Allies can strengthen your organization’s impact in many ways. Here are just a few examples:
- Launch a new after-school program in public housing developments
- Improve case management systems to provide better services for clients and community
- Expand teen leadership programs to reach more youth
- Create asthma outreach programs for public school children
As a Partner Organization, you agree to:
- Provide direct Ally supervision, support, and reporting on service objectives
- Contribute a portion of the Ally’s stipend
- Create a well-defined position with significant responsibilities and measurable service objectives over 10 months
HOW WILL YOUR ORGANIZATION CHANGE?
We help our partners increase their capacity to achieve their mission by matching them with diverse, talented individuals from the community. Here is how we’ve helped some of our partners.
Little Red Door was in a period of substantial expansion. We had just wrapped up a year-long multi-million dollar renovation of our building which was accompanied by an expansion of programming that represents nearly ten times the service hours as we had pre-renovation. Having an Ally placement here to help us navigate the first year of transition, as we piloted the new programming for post-renovation, was invaluable to us. I have no idea how we would have managed the expansion without the extra coordination provided by our Ally.
Thanks to the program innovation, piloting, and evaluation work of our Ally, the LRD programs schedule now contains nearly 40 hours of programming per week, where pre-Ally we were conducting 11 hours of programming per week. We improved and expanded existing programs and piloted and eventually established four brand new programs.
Winter Park Day Nursery partnered with Public Allies in order to create a Volunteer Coordinator role with the goal of allowing Winter Park Day Nursery to serve more children in a more effective and efficient manner.
In addition to overseeing volunteers and service projects, Ally Yulissa Santana, created volunteer programs, created a volunteer database, and designed a volunteer appreciation system. The Ally was praised by her supervisor, who said “With Yulissa on board, we can continue to cultivate more partnerships with organizations within the community so they become more familiar with our organization and the services we provide to the community.”
To learn more about hosting an Ally, download this brochure. You can also contact a local staff member directly at a location near you, and complete our online application at partner.publicallies.org, after which you’ll be contacted by one of our local staff.
Bring Public Allies to Your Community
If you are interested in discussing the role Public Allies could play in your community, contact Javier Alaniz at email@example.com.