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Volunteer Consulting Organization Gears Up

Have you been looking for a meaningful way to contribute to the greater Boston community? What if that way involved an activity such as developing a growth strategy for a local music organization, formulating a marketing plan for an educational nonprofit, or strategically evaluating the opportunities for building a training institute for teachers who mentor recent immigrants? If you are searching for signs of life outside of the HBS campus and want to contribute your newfound skills in marketing, TOM, and strategy to a great cause, The Volunteer Consulting Organization (VCO) is the place for you!

The Volunteer Consulting Organization offers Harvard Business School students and other Harvard University graduate students opportunities to work with some of the most interesting non-profit, government, and small business organizations in New England, providing them with pro bono consulting services on various projects. The Client Portfolio, which outlines over fifty diverse and exciting projects submitted by local non-profit client organizations, will be arriving shortly in Aldrich mailboxes.

If one of these projects catches your eye, there are two upcoming events you won’t want to miss. The first is the VCO student mixer on November 20 that will give you a chance to learn more about the club as well as meet some potential project teammates. The second event is the Client Fair on December 4 where representatives from the organizations listed in the Client Portfolio will be available to discuss the upcoming projects.
Once you have selected and been matched with a project, your team will work with the organization between January and April of 2002. Most projects conclude with the delivery of a written strategy and presentation to the organization’s board of directors. If you are searching for a way to make a significant contribution to the greater Boston community, watch your mailbox for the VCO Client Portfolio or visit our website for upcoming events at sa.hbs.edu/vol_con/. You’ll be glad you did!

November 12, 2001
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