As of January 2015, Home Start is officially recognized and certified by Points of Light as a Service Enterprise. With this certification, Home Start becomes one of the first organizations within the state to be recognized as a Social Enterprise by CaliforniaVolunteers, the state service commission in California.
Service Enterprises fundamentally leverage volunteers and their skills to successfully deliver on the social mission of their organizations. Research conducted by the TCC Group, a national program and evaluation firm, found that organizations operating as Service Enterprises outperform peer organizations on all aspects of organizational effectiveness and are more adaptable, sustainable, and capable of scaling their work.
With support from Create Possibility, Home Start completed an extensive assessment, training/consulting, and certification process that led to this recognition. By achieving this level of excellence and certification, Home Start is now better equipped to leverage the time and talent of volunteers in building our organizational capacity.
For further information regarding the CaliforniaVolunteers Service Enterprise Initiative, please visit: www.CaliforniaVolunteers.org.