Public, Society Benefit

Walking With Swager

Breaking barriers to build strong communities... now!

aka GoodWorks

GOODLETTSVLLE, TN

Mission

Igniting purpose in people to unite the societal divide within communities. Uniting the four pillars of every community: Non-profit, Government, Marketplace, and Religious Organizations to effectively impact our nation. United we stand, divided we fall: Families strengthened; The broken restored; Dreams fulfilled; Community cooperation.

Ruling Year

2017

President/Executive Director

Toby James Swager

Main Address

621 ELBA DR

GOODLETTSVLLE, TN 37072 USA

Keywords

Volunteerism Labor

EIN

81-3298720

 Number

3709471106

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Citizen Participation (W24)

Voluntarism Promotion (T40)

Urban, Community (S31)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Many needs in the community are overlooked because there isn't a central point for people in the community to come to when needs arise. These isn't a central collection point for resources that are available in the community. People with resources often don't now the needs that exist and vice versa. Many times, the senior population is impacted by this disconnect. The lack of connection within the community often affects seniors and those with low income, especially children.

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Our programs

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Volunteer Coordination

Community Classes

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of volunteers

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Volunteer Coordination

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Volunteers in this context would include first engagement of a volunteer in a particular year. Retained volunteers do figure into this number.

Average number of service recipients per month

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Volunteer Coordination

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

These include all engagements within the community from projects and services rendered to training classes offered.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Walking With Swager strives to provide opportunities for community partnership. Often the needs of the community are not readily known. Volunteer opportunities are missed because of a information is slow or lacking. Through coordinated efforts with local officials and agencies, we provide volunteer opportunities throughout the year, especially during times of disaster. Whether the entire community is affected or a select few, connecting the need to the resource is our goal, both man power and/or physical resources. Part of response is preparation. To that, we provide training opportunities preparing families and individuals to assist those in need during disasters. Through classes intended to train volunteers for service and others designed to help the individual be self-sufficient in times of disaster, we equip the community for unexpected circumstances. We also desire to see people achieve their goals. Through Life Plan Workshops, we help individuals put action to their dreams. We strive to see the barriers to unity throughout the community broken down.

Walking With Swager provides training through partnerships with local agencies. From resume preparation and Life Plan Workshops to volunteer training and disaster preparedness classes, we help people step into opportunities with a plan and a knowledge base. We then connect trained individuals to opportunities for community service. Partnerships with government agencies like Parks and Recreation, local Fire Departments, and Police Departments help us bring the need together with the resources available. We also look to connect the generations by providing opportunities for intergenerational interaction. We think of these times as wisdom sharing opportunities.

Walking With Swager's Executive Director has over 20 years of experience coordinating volunteers in daily service opportunities as well as directing emergency relief responses throughout the southeast following natural disasters. Through networking and partnership with local non profits, churches, businesses, and government entities, we help to coordinate the need to the resource.

In our community, Walking With Swager has become a primary partner with the parks department. We are one of their primary partner agencies in the area. We provide volunteers for many city events. We also have opportunities to share at community gatherings regularly. Our director has been named the Volunteer of the year and was also we were represented

We have been able to see many of our goals met, but ongoing efforts continue. In 2017 we completed twelve engagements. In 2018 that number increased to nearly twenty. In 2019, over 30 projects completed. As of spring 2020, we have nearly meet that same number through partnerships responding to multiple events impacting our community (tornado, fires, pandemic). Multiple class opportunities were also made available to the community in 2019. In 2020, we are working on an after school volunteer program and a community garden program while continuing our current programs.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Not Applicable

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Not Applicable

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Not Applicable

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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Organizational Demographics

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SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/27/2020

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender Identity
Male, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability Status
Person without a disability

Race & Ethnicity

Gender Identity

Sexual Orientation

No data

Disability

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