Assembling Your Dream Team
The volunteer base of your association will be a broad range of stakeholders. These people could be business owners, employees, instructors, or consumers in your area of focus. It is important to be inclusive of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, languages, visible minorities, disabilities, religions, ethnicities, and socio-economic statuses when recruiting and appointing members to positions within your governance structure. Diversity in your directors, councillors, committee members, and taskforce appointees will ensure your initiatives serve all association members as well as the public at large. All volunteer members have a stake in the services, products, and experiences provided by your association. Additionally diverse pool of volunteers strengthens the resources and skills your association has at its disposal while pursuing improvement initiatives. It also broadens the range of perspectives that influence decisions that will impact the members of your association.
There’s Always Room for One More
Your volunteers are the crew in your boat that generates the momentum to push your association’s initiatives forward. When everyone is rowing to the same rhythm, the association can then push forward and serve all its members. Nominating members into the right roles can make a big difference in accomplishing your associations vision and mission. Associations often send out open calls to fill roles, but most often recruitment is most successful through personal relationships with other potential volunteers. Delegation of responsibilities can reduce volunteer burnout and engage your membership to feel validated as active contributors to the association. Consider committee options that fit the skills and passions of your volunteers such as: