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    Michael Cyger
    Keymaster

    Hi everyone,

    Do you know of an group of people or not-for-profit organization that’s been formed or is forming that helps experienced Lean Six Sigma Practitioners volunteer their skills to other not-for-profits in their local geography?

    I had a conversation with a woman a few months back, but cannot for the life of me find the email introduction or notes from the conversation. I have interest from someone in Seattle who wants to volunteer, so I’m trying to connect them.

    Any information is appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Mike

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    #194056

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    @michaelcyger GPS has a Give Back program where they do free consulting to organizations like Childrens Hospitals and that type of thing. There is a metric that determines how much they do each year. That is the only consulting company that I know of that does something like that.

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    #194058

    Michael Cyger
    Keymaster

    @mike-carnell Thanks, Mike.

    I was looking for an organization that individuals could join to support other not-for-profits through process improvement, as one might do with Kiwanis for helping children or Rotary to serve local communities.

    I know one exists…I just can’t find it.

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    #194061

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    @michaelcyger Sorry. No clue. GPS is as close as I could come up with.

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    #194083

    Michael
    Participant

    I am looking for one in Houston if anyone knows anything about it!

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    #194084

    Amanda

    I’d love to find out more about this as well; if you find out, please let me know!

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    #194090

    Russell Lindquist
    Participant

    I have also been looking for such a platform unsuccessfully. I am now more of the mind that such a platform does not exist explicit for our skill sets. I found an instance where such a platform was created for Tuck Business school. Perhaps this site, with the development of best practice processes, could be that clearing house platform for volunteering our skills on projects.

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    #194093

    Mike Carnell
    Participant

    @lari4036 I am in Texas (luckily not houston any more) and may be able to help you with some stuff there. You can contact me at mike.carnell@csintlinc.com and we can see what we can put together. Actually if you can get to San Antonio before COB today you can do a DOE in my factory.

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    #194134

    Heather Redinius-Tollefson
    Participant

    @lari4036: There is a Houston Lean Six Sigma Professionals Group that has a dual purpose and helps not-for-profits with process improvement. Here is the link to their LinkedIn Group for more information: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1942134

    Hope that helps!

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    #197227

    Jean Trent

    My daughter gave me this info:

    I found this website while looking for volunteer opportunities here. It’s a professional volunteer site where non-profits post needs for professional volunteers (graphic design, marketing, excel training, etc.). I saw a few for facilitating meetings and thought of you.

    https://www.catchafire.org/

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    #197272

    ADC
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    #197555

    Ximo

    Hello, I am a Ph.D student in ASU. I am taking Six Sigma Green Belt class, I need to work as volunteer to get data for my Six Sigma Green Belt project. Is there any company needs volunteer that I can work for my Six Sigma Green Belt project?

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    #197557

    Don Strayer

    Most professional organizations and large businesses do volunteer service projects. Usually this is just providing people to do labor for a few hours. My local section of ASQ does this. But this year one of our members proposed doing a lean six sigma project to help a non-profit improve one of their processes so we could use our skills to do something more significant. It was a success for all. Take the lead. Sell the idea to your employer or to whatever professional organization with which you’re involved.

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    #197593

    Tom Pyzdek
    Participant

    Many of my students from all around the world need a project for Green Belt or Black Belt certification and would love to find an organization to help. These are fully trained people who have passed their Certification Exam, so these are not trainees or interns. I think we all know how useful the Six Sigma or Lean skill-set is and how it would help so many organizations. I’ve tried more than once to stimulate interest in creating an organization for connecting the people with the skills to the organizations that need them. I’ve had some success on a case-by-case basis, but not much on developing a system.

    I believe that many of us here would make ourselves available to mentor inexperience, but fully trained candidates. What we need is an organization bringing us all together.

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    #197644

    TedHessing
    Participant

    Creating a matching organization is a great idea. But how would you establish checks and balances?

    How could an organization that puts this together be certain that the volunteer will put in the effort? How could a volunteer know that they’d get the support (data, contextual knowledge, etc) they need to progress?

    Perhaps some mix of financial incentives coupled with a mentoring SSBB / SSMBB oversight?

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    #197762

    ag
    Participant

    Is there any such organization working in India also? Please post here if any one know as such any organization here.

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    #198108

    Micah

    Having matching orgnizations in different parts of the country would be awesome for people just starting out.

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    #198646

    gracial chin

    i am certified six sigma black belt, Looking for six sigma project volunteer in finance, banking, supply chain, pharmaceutical. Thanks

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    #198802

    Howard

    Hello all,
    My goal is to become SSBB certified in 2016. I did some yellow belt training about 5 years ago, and I’ve read a couple of books on the subject.

    I would like to complete two projects as part of my initiative to sit for the ASQ exam next year. Are there any organization that will allow me to volunteer my services so I can complete the two required projects?

    I am in Chicago Illinois.

    Thanks in advance for your kind replies.

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    #198832

    Rajeev
    Participant

    Hi gracial chin, i will be happy to volunteer a six sigma project in pharmaceutical. I am a LSSGB.

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    #202283

    Chris
    Participant

    Hi Tom (491679) and all,
    New to this site and also trying to get certified. Curious how much energy is in LSS these days but I want to work on the certification anyway. Tom I like your idea. Have you worked on it?

    Chris

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    #202284

    Strayer
    Participant

    As noted in my original reply to this old question, you can find opportunities. Just talk to some non-profit charities and volunteer your skills. If you’re looking for learning and/or a certification project, and you aren’t ready to do it on your own, I’d recommend joining American Society for Quality. Our local sections do annual community service and our members have the expertise to help you.

    The project I referred to arose after we did volunteer labor for a non-profit and recognized that they needed expert help, not just labor. So the next year we put together a volunteer lean six sigma team to help them. It worked out well for all concerned. Several years later they’re still using the improved processes, their clients get better service. Volunteers on our team learned, and some of them of them used it toward certification.

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