Part 2.2: Why Start a Self Directed Volunteer Team
1. Address issues and needs not being addressed due to lack of financial resources to support staff or operations.
2. Expand community support with more individuals involved in the organization who can act as ambassadors for the organization.
3. Teams become incubators and generators within the organization raising new or hard questions, sparking new ideas and developing new ways of getting things done.
1. Utilize your skills and experiences in meaningful ways
2. Contribute to the issues you care about in your community
3. Engage with like-minded people in making a difference
- Teams come together to get important work done and make a significant contribution by attacking a critical unmet need or issue.
- Teams increase recruitment voices – word of mouth remains the most effective recruitment strategy.
- Team structures create an array of roles and opportunities to serve with flexibility to adapt as volunteer needs change.
- Teams foster collaboration, which motivates members to support and substitute for one another, assuring continuity of services and engagement.
- Team membership teaches new skills and empowers members to give more and get more in return.
- Self-direction reduces the amount of time-intensive support needed from initial project planning start-up through project completion.
- Self-direction provides volunteers the freedom and flexibility to plan and operate through an inter-dependent relationship with the organization.
- Self-direction allows the organizations to work with the team to decide what needs doing and empowers the organization through leadership – not control.
In this next section we will show what can be expected in our training programs.