Microvolunteering (ad hoc or episodic) volunteering is the solution for members with busy lifestyles.
They can contribute their talents and experience to their chapter without having to commit the time and energy usually required for committee service.
Microvolunteering is also a stepping-stone to deeper involvement. Examples of microvolunteering jobs include:
- Helping at events: greet attendees, work at the registration desk, or take photos or videos.
- Welcoming new members, learn more about them, and answer questions.
- Checking in with first-year members to provide advice and get feedback.
- Editing, proofing, or providing feedback on articles or other content.
- Taking notes and/or write a recap of a session or webinar.
- Responding to calls-to-action on pending legislation.
#2: THE CHAPTER LEADERSHIP “JOB” IS TOO BIG, PERIOD.
They may have a point. If members see stressed out chapter leaders working themselves to the bone, they will be scared off. Few members are willing to step up into burdensome leadership positions. You’ll end up recycling past leaders or seeing positions go empty. Any surviving leaders will have too much on their plates.
Take a hard look at your chapter leadership culture. Do you reward the wrong behavior? Do you praise and reward superhero members who single-handedly manage chapters—and burn themselves out in the process?
Superhero volunteers are not leaders. Leaders prioritize, delegate, and direct. These superhero members are merely doers. In effect, these martyr-like leaders hog all the work and glory to themselves, and deprive other members of opportunities to contribute—a member benefit they deserve.
You can help chapter leaders manage responsibilities by: