Get involved

Building Community Organization (BCO) is a mentorship program of the BCODN focused on the growth of BC-based not-for-profit organizations through the mentorship of emerging practitioners of Organizational Development (OD) by seasoned practitioners. Note: There is a limited number of projects the BCO can support each year, so we encourage you to apply in early summer for fall projects.

Under this program, emerging OD practitioners volunteer to work on organizational issues with not-for-profit organizations. Their work is shadowed and led by an experienced senior consultant (with experience in scoping, contracting, utilizing OD methodologies and frameworks to increase systemic change and development, organization design, and increasing organizational effectiveness) who provides them with coaching and mentoring as they work collaboratively with the not-for-profit client on three to four-month long projects.

 

How to get Involved

Volunteer OD Consultant/Mentee

Apply to become a volunteer OD Consultant/Mentee. Be sure to contact the BCO Liaison at bco@bcodn.org to discuss the role and expectations. Note: There is a limited number of projects that can be supported by the BCO each year.

Volunteer Consultant Role Description (PDF)

There is a cost of $100.00 to participate in a BCO Project as a Volunteer Consultant/Mentee. This will be charged to you if you are approved for the program. This is not included in your BCODN membership fee. This fee contributes to the cost of the program and provides you with the following value:

  • Enhanced OD skills by applying OD principles, tools, strategies and techniques to real work experiences
  • OD experience that will enhance your resume
  • Team-building skills and experience in developing a team charter
  • Quality mentoring from an experienced OD practitioner for the duration of the project
  • Opportunity to learn and apply an OD consulting methodology supported by resources and materials
  • An expanded network of colleagues
  • A test environment for trying out new skills and exploring OD interventions.

Project Mentor

Mentors (senior OD practitioners) support the development of the next generation of OD practitioners and their efforts help not-for-profit organizations to be more successful and sustainable. Contact our BCO Liaison at bco@bcodn.org for information. Project mentors should be senior consultants with experience in scoping, contracting, utilizing OD methodologies and frameworks to increase systemic change and development, organization design, and increasing organizational effectiveness.

Volunteer BCO Project Mentor (PDF)

The BCO committee will help set up the teams, and provide some structure at the onset of the project. Mentors can decide with their teams the type of support they wish to provide, contributing to the team’s success and success of the project.

Not-for-Profit Organization

Through the BCO, not-for-profit organizations can receive consulting support from a team of engaged and skilled volunteers free of cost. Contact our BCO Liaison at bco@bcodn.org for information. Application forms:

BCO Partner Organization Application (DOCX)

BCO Partner Organization Letter of Agreement (DOCX)

BCO Forms and Brochures:

Did you know?

Organizational Development (OD) is an interdisciplinary field of practice based on management, psychology, human resources, systems thinking and organizational behavior. Our volunteers have skills in the areas of Training and Development, Human Resources, Performance Management, Management Coaching, Psychology and Community Development.

Come join us and help make a positive difference in our community!

For more information, please contact our BCO Liaison at bco@bcodn.org

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