Field Trips Aren't Just for Grade Schoolers
Committee and board members need to go on field trips,
too; and they don't need signed permission slips!
So, if your organization doesn't think of it, ask to visit some programs.
For example, I once served on the board of an organization
that provided free home health care to people who could not afford to
pay for it. The organization required that every board member spend
a day in the field with a nurse. I think that before my field trip I
envisioned the nurses testing blood pressure, changing bandages and
administering medications. While these are important things to do, I
also learned from my field trip that, in addition, the nurses provided
all kinds of equally important emotional and professional support to
the patient and his/her family. They also bravely faced many obstacles
in terms of transportation and access to poorer neighborhoods in order
to perform their service. Did that make me more committed to that organization?
You bet it did!
Jeanne H. Bradner
Jeanne H. Bradner is an author, consultant, trainer and speaker on volunteerism, board development and leadership. She is the author of three publications, Passionate Volunteerism, The Board Member's Guide, A Beneficial Bestiary and Leading Volunteers for Results: Building Communities Today. She served as director of the Illinois Governor's Office of Voluntary Action, Midwest Regional Director of ACTION, and Executive Director of the Illinois Commission on Community Service. She is the volunteer program specialist for Illinois' Harper College Volunteer Management curriculum.
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