By Leah Spitzer, Coffee Party Volunteer Coordinator
As both the Work Group Chair for Board Development and the Volunteer Coordinator, I have the pleasure of meeting our volunteers as they join, and then watching them develop into strong volunteers and eventually, in some cases, leadership positions.
November brought us an inpouring of volunteer sign ups. People are ready to get engaged and involved. I scheduled more Orientation Calls, with bigger turnouts than ever before. I’ve been keeping busy and I love it. The enthusiasm and commitment is contagious. While much of it can be connected to the election, this is also due in part to the amazing new #StayInvolved campaign led by our Campaigns and Actions Work Group. Many of our supporters received an eblast announcing this campaign earlier this month. It was then that the volunteers started pouring in. We have many that are ready to lend a hand either at the national or local level. Our local communities are just getting started and now that we have a volunteer that has stepped up to support the local groups, we are only going to get stronger.
This is perfect timing in more ways than one. The deadline for eligibility to run for our Board of Directors in 2017 is fast approaching. In order to submit an application, you must be a dues paying member by January 1, 2017 and be actively participating in a work group as a volunteer.
In April of 2017, we will be accepting the applications for our Board of Directors. There are 4 positions up for election this year: President, Membership Development, Public and Supporter Relations, and Technology. Our Board of Directors is all volunteer. They commit to at least 5 hours a week and they actively participate in the work. Each board member is responsible for leading or supporting one of our many work groups.
To see what else is required to become a board member, click here.
If you do not want to be a board member, but would like to be eligible to vote in our Coffee Party elections, you must be a dues paying member by March 1, 2017. To become a member, click here.
If you just want to volunteer, there’s still room and there is still a need. Volunteers are vital to our organization. Volunteers produce our Facebook page, help with strategic planning, white papers, partnerships with other organizations, create and implement campaigns and events, and so much more. Bring your ideas - we want to hear them.
To volunteer on the national level, click here.
To volunteer to start your own local Coffee Party Community, click here.