You’re standing on the sidelines of your daughter’s soccer game, completely engaged in the game. A parent approaches you and says, “Hey, you’ve come to every game and practice, you must really enjoy watching her play”. You nod in the affirmative, eyes still on your daughter. The parent then says, “We’re looking for a few parents to help us out organizing the soccer club. Can you stay after the game to chat for a bit?” Still absorbed in the game, you nod your head and say “Sure!” – anything for your daughter. The game ends: your daughter’s team played a great game against a worthy opposing team and you’re both excitedly breaking down the plays. The same parent beckons you over to where they, the coach, and a few other parents are standing. Uh-oh. What did you agree to?!
Often, this is how many of us start our volunteer ‘careers’: someone asks us to ‘help’, and we agree to become involved, not necessarily knowing or understanding the scope of what we’re taking on. What we do know is that we want to help and are likely passionate about the cause, club, or issue that we’ve been invited to participate in.
Do you want to make an impact in our community by becoming a member of a board of directors for a charity or not-for-profit?
Board Boot Camp 101 will help you:
- Understand the not-for-profit sector
- Prepare questions to ask before saying “Yes”
- Increase your understanding of a Board member’s role and responsibilities