We are developing a volunteer advisory committe and I would like input from those who have experience with such committees. Below is the committee s purposeMessage 1 of 6 , Feb 1, 2010View SourceWe are developing a volunteer advisory committe and I would like input from those who have experience with such committees. Below is the committee's purpose and description.
The Volunteer Resources Advisory Committee (VRAC) operates in a staff advisory function. The primary charge of the committee is to represent fellow RMHI volunteers by providing input to RMHI staff regarding issues, policies and procedures related to the administration and management of the volunteer program. Secondarily, it apprises the Strategic Planning Sub-Committee of strategic issues relevant to the volunteer program through the VRAC Chairperson and Executive Director.
1. Act as liaison between RMHI volunteers and the VRAC.
2. Provide "best thinking" to Volunteer Resources Manager
3. Not responsible for the implementation of policies or
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to better define the committee's responsibilities? From your experience, is there anything we should consider that we might be missing?
If you have feedback, please send it to the email below.
Thanks in advance for any help you can supply,
Volunteer Resources Manager
Ronald McDonald House of Indiana
317.267.0605, x 225
I use my Advisory Council in a similar manner. The job description I give each Council members might be helpful and it follows: WestArk RSVP Advisory CouncilMessage 1 of 6 , Feb 1, 2010View SourceI use my Advisory Council in a similar manner. The job description I give
each Council members might be helpful and it follows:
WestArk RSVP Advisory Council Job Description
The mission of the WestArk Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is to
provide local seniors opportunities to share their experience, abilities and
skills through volunteer community service in Sebastian and Crawford
· To engage persons 55 years of age and older in volunteer service to meet critical community needs; and
· To provide a high quality experience that will enrich the lives of volunteers.
WestArk RSVP Advisory Council Committees:
¨ Executive Committee
¨ Nominating Committee
¨ Special Events & Recognition Committee
¨ Volunteer Recruitment & Publicity Committee
Roles and Responsibilities of the WestArk RSVP Advisory Council
1. Assist in assessing community needs.
2. Advise on volunteer recruitment strategies.
3. Advise on programming priorities.
4. Assist in evaluation of RSVP accomplishments and impact.
5. Provide input about the availability of non-federal resources for RSVP.
6. Regularly attend and actively participate in the quarterly Community Advisory Council meetings.
7. Support the Sponsor and Project Director through programming
development, volunteer recruitment, and by offering leads on potential
8. Suggest ways that RSVP can gain increased visibility and recognition in the community.
9. Provide input on how trends in the community are affecting seniors.
Susan Peacock Reehl, Program Director
WestArk RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program)
401 North 13th Street, Fort Smith, AR 72901
Office: 479-783-4155 Fax: 479-782-2269
I think Advisory Committees are vitally important for Volunteer Programs although I would suggest there be a few paid staff on the committee. I see it servingMessage 1 of 6 , Feb 1, 2010View SourceI think Advisory Committees are vitally important for Volunteer Programs
although I would suggest there be a few paid staff on the committee. I see
it serving as support for the program, for planning and in some cases
assisting in implementation of some activities. When I had one, it was
helpful in conducting surveys, planning recognition activities, fundraising,
and developing a recruitment plan. They were as much a liaison between the
program and the volunteers as they were a liaison to the other paid staff
I think you can invite them to do as much as you want them to do. I found
that the more involved they were in helping me plan, the stronger the
Sarah (Sam) Elliston, Volunteer Resource Coach
#3653 Herschel Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208-1936 513-533-0427 (ph)
(513) 533-1159 (fax)(513)706 -9130(cell) ellistonsh@...
VOLUNTEERS INCREASE VISIBILITY, PRODUCTIVITY AND REVENUE
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We too, have developed a plan to begin an advisory committee, although I have often be advised to not refer to the group as advisory just because a lotMessage 1 of 6 , Feb 2, 2010View SourceWe too, have developed a plan to begin an "advisory" committee, although I have often be "advised" to not refer to the group as "advisory" just because a lot of folks think it implies we will always take and implement their advice. I personally think it's fine, however some feel there would be too much "power" implied.
Nonetheless, we hope to call it a volunteer leadership council or volunteer services planning committee and it will be comprised of volunteers who represent the different volunteer "types" for our agency, staff members who regularly work with volunteers, and managers who can help to implement decisions and get things done. We hope this will be a very high functioning group who can take issues, incentives, and ideas forward with regards to our policies and strategic plan and help pave the way for action. At this time, things have their way of "getting stuck" because we can't agree on how to apply the ideas consistently statewide. We're working on re-writing all our operational policies which should help tremendously, and I believe this group will be able to help identify and iron out some of the trouble-spots.
If you all could reply to the main group with ideas rather than directly to Mary Friend, who posed the original question, I'd appreciate hearing your ideas as well.
Always keep in mind:
" Life is not measured by the number of breaths we
take, but by the moments that take our breath away."
Jill Nishball, Volunteer Services Coordinator
Oregon Parks & Recreation Dept.
725 Summer St. NE, Suite C
Salem, OR 97301-1271
Volunteer Hotline: 877/225-9803
[Overquoting removed by moderator mkh] I wish you the best of luck. I couldn t seem to pull it off. I had such a committee but they seemed to want to justMessage 1 of 6 , Feb 3, 2010View Source[Overquoting removed by moderator mkh]
I wish you the best of luck. I couldn't seem to pull it off. I had such a committee but they seemed to want to just give me the ideas and I couldn't get them to be active beyond coming to a meeting. I'd like to reconstruct it in a productive way. Linda Zweig
Coordinator of Volunteer Services
Jewish Family Service of the Desert
801 E. Tahquitz Cyn Way, Ste 202
Palm Springs, Ca. 92262
Rather than one advisory committee, we have two program committees: a tour program committee and an information services committee. Each focuses on issues forMessage 1 of 6 , Feb 3, 2010View SourceRather than one advisory committee, we have two program committees: a tour
program committee and an information services committee. Each focuses on
issues for their particular area. They also serve as a conduit between the
volunteers and the organization.
We had an advisory committee when the Kimmel Center was preparing to
open. Its focus was the grand opening and getting our program up and
running. Once things were underway, it became clear that this group of
volunteers wasn't particularly interested in an on-going committee
commitment. They had a mission, and they'd achieved it. We thanked them
for their hard work, applauded their achievements, and then regrouped.
We planned carefully in starting the next committees. Each has its own
mission statement and goals. We use these as guide posts in directing
Each committee has a chair, whom I select, and 6 to 7 members whom they
select. If anyone is interested in further detail, feel free to contact
me off-line, and I'll be happy to share more on the structure we use.
What I have learned:
* Be very clear about expectations from the start. (This is a
working advisory committee. These are our goals. Here are the sorts of
things you might be asked to do. Here's an estimation of how much time you
will be asked to contribute, in addition to meetings. )
* Be clear about what your role will be and what the committee can
expect from you.
* Try to resist jumping in and taking control. With patience and a
little push, folks do get the work done. I try not to eat a lot of sugar
on meeting days :-)
* When they make recommendations or suggestions, treat these
seriously. Be realistic and communicate. Volunteers don't always know why
something can't be implemented. If their suggestions are doable, help pave
the way for their success, and give them the credit for the improvement.
* Some committees are better than others; it depends on the make-up
of the committee, how well the group works together and the sorts of
projects they are asked to deliver. Human dynamos are only good committee
members if they know how to play well with others. I admit that I have
sometimes goofed in selecting members. Psychologists must have a field
day studying the group dynamics of committees.
As the only paid staffer in Volunteer Services, I rely greatly on our
committees. They accomplish an amazing amount of work and enjoy having a
leadership role in the program.
Manager of Volunteer Services
Kimmel Center, Inc.
260 S. Broad Street #901
Philadelphia, PA 19102