Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Way We Do It (Core Values)

Just as important as What We Do is the way we do it - here at Imagine Missoula we embrace 5 core values that influence how we go about fulfilling our mission:
  1. diversity - We seek to foster community for all sorts of people, regardless of ethnicity, gender, faith, political convictions, or social status. We believe the best community happens when it is diverse and multifaceted. So we actively work to recruit and serve broadly - anyone who loves Missoula and shares these basic values is welcome to pitch in and get involved!

  2. dialogue - True diversity often leads to differences of opinion. We see disagreements as opportunities to forge new deeper community by building bridges where they do not yet exist. So we actively seek to help people learn how to listen, value, and appreciate others who see the world differently than they do. And what better way to do this than by volunteering together!

  3. relationship - We think relationship lies at the heart of real community. Consequently, we avoid approaching needs as mere checklists (things to get done). Instead, we see needs as opportunities (chances to build relationships), and we actively seek to meet needs in relational ways (even if it means we accomplish a little less at the end of the day). Ultimately, we think friendship is one of the most valuable things we have to offer.

  4. respect - If we're truly committed to being a community of friends, we think we will appreciate and respect people right where they are, rather than trying to change them. We believe in the inherent dignity and value of all human beings, and seek to treat them with the respect they deserve (regardless of race, creed, color, gender, or sexual orientation).
This is who we are. We are happy to work with any organizations (faith-based or secular) that share these basic convictions. Want to know more? Ask us!