DO I BELONG ON THIS BOARD?
Volunteer Today focuses its efforts on aiding those who manage volunteers—board, committee, administrative, programmatic, and more. This article is for people who are considering serving on a board or committee. Something like this should be included in a packet of information for anyone who is being recruited to serve on a board or take a spot on a committee. Helping people make the right volunteer service decision is part of the task of administrators of volunteers. Turn these questions into a checklist for volunteer contemplating a new position in the organization.
- Is the work of the organization interesting to me?
- Am I willing to introduce friends and family to the work of the organization?
- Would I be willing to serve in a volunteer position with the organization prior to assuming a leadership position?
- Are my skills compatible with the needs of the organization to accomplish its mission?
- Do I share the same goals as the organization?
- What amount of time per month do I have available to devote to duties as a leadership volunteer?
- Do I have to raise money for the organization? Can I do that?
- Do I know other people on the board/committee? What do I know about his/her experience? Are they people I want to work with?
- Do I know the staff? Can I work with them?
- What is the relationship between board and staff; staff and volunteers; and among volunteers?
- Is this board/committee a match with my value/belief system?
- Is this organization a place where I would donate substantial time and money?
Return to Top