Vantage Volunteer’s Mission is to facilitate Vantage Partners’ employees involvement in and contribution to the greater Boston community through employee-led participation in meaningful and productive volunteer projects and initiatives. Vantage’s history is rooted in resolving conflicts on an international level whether the reaching the Arias Peace Accords, establishing a new South African constitution, or working toward peace in the Middle East. Vantage Volunteers aims to bring the same dedication to our own neighborhood and community through partnerships with many different area non-profits.
Specifically we aim to:
- Have a tangible impact on the Boston community through interactive, hands-on service projects.
- Strengthen cross-role connections within the Vantage community.
- Embed a spirit of volunteerism and community-mindedness within the Vantage culture.
- Apply Vantage Partners’ unique subject-matter expertise for the benefit of the community.
- Maintain Vantage Partners’ status as an active Boston-area corporate citizen.
Over the years, Vantage Volunteers has partnered, and conducted projects, with many local non-profits including:
- Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless
- Allston-Brighton Food Bank
- The Food Project
- The Greater Boston Food Bank
- Cradles to Crayons
- MA Audubon
- Department of Social Services
- The Family Nurturing Center
- Room 2 Grow
West Point Negotiation Project
Vantage is privileged and honored to have had the opportunity over the past 10 years to contribute as very active volunteers to the development of future and current Army officers through its involvement in developing and co-teaching West Point’s first and only applied negotiation course, and through the activities for the West Point Negotiation Project (WPNP). Co-founded by one of its partners, Jeff Weiss, WPNP’s mission is “to enhance the ability of U.S. military leaders to conduct negotiations in the complex and challenging situations they face in both combat and peace”. Its activities include designing and delivering negotiation training for deploying and deployed units, providing negotiation advice to senior Army officers, developing training materials and cases for the Army context, assisting with the development of Army doctrine on Negotiation, conducting applied research, and publishing articles that share pragmatic advice for the Army negotiator. Influencing and solving problems without authority, and facilitated conflict management, are key leaders skill for almost every officer in today’s army, whether they are on patrol, engaging in peace-keeping efforts, or working on reconstruction projects. In addition, Jeff, with colleagues from West Point, is a frequent presenter at the Army War College; and regularly assists West Point and Vantage colleagues in negotiation training for SEAL team commanders and other members of the Special Forces communities.
Vantage’s affiliate, Conflict Management Group (CMG), worked on dealing with disputes of public international concern and on rebuilding civil society in post-conflict environments since 1984. Vantage’s founding partners have worked through CMG with many Presidents, Prime Ministers, Foreign Ministers, and other senior government and military officials on a host of peace treaties, cease fire negotiations, peace treaties, cessation of hostilities agreements, and hostage negotiations.
In 2004, CMG was merged into Mercy Corps, a leading international non-governmental organization. The Co-Founder and Chairman of CMG, Mark Gordon, has served on the Board of Directors of Mercy Corps since that time. Mercy Corps works on saving and improving lives in some of the world’s toughest places, and its staff of over 3,700 work to alleviate suffering, poverty, and oppression by helping people build secure, productive, and just communities. Vantage’s staff has worked with Mercy Corps teams in Guatemala, Colombia, Pakistan, Libya, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Myanmar, and China.
Today, Mercy Corps is helping 19 million people recover from disasters, build stronger communities, and find their own solutions to poverty. Since its founding in 1979, Mercy Corps has provided $2.2 billion in assistance to people in 114 countries. The agency consistently ranks as one of America’s most effective and efficient charitable organizations. Over the last five years, more than 88 percent of resources have been allocated directly to programs that help families turn crisis into opportunity in some of the world’s most challenging places. For more information, see www.mercycorps.org.