By Janna Bass Contributing columnist
May 28, 2014
Volunteers don’t just do the work – they make it work,” stated Carol Pettit. It’s such a true statement. As many of us know and understand, volunteers are what make many of our organizations who we are today. Without volunteers, many organizations would not be able to offer such services to the local community, Sampson County, and North Carolina. This network was designed to give volunteer managers the tools and resources needed to recruit, retain, and assist their volunteers as much as possible.
The Chamber strives to serve our members through offering a wide variety of activities and opportunities, striving to meet each individual need for continued community involvement, networking, and economic growth for their organization or business.
In 2013, the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce began to offer an educational and networking opportunity specific for our non-profit organizations that utilize volunteers. After great reviews from the attendees and the confirmation that this is a much needed network within Sampson County, the opportunities will continue this year.
In March of this year, we held a roundtable discussion with a variety of volunteer managers brainstorming unique ways to recruit, retain, and recognize volunteers. I am excited for our next opportunity for this network on Friday, June 13 for a seminar led by Harriett Edwards of “Recruiting Volunteers with Different Generations in Mind.” The seminar will be at Sampson Community College in the Small Business Center Conference Room from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Another seminar for this network will be later in 2014 with Faye Stone on the Governors Volunteer Award.
If your organization utilizes volunteers and for more information about the Volunteer Management Network provided through the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce, give us a call at 910-592-6177. We look forward to ensuring that our non-profit and other organizations have the tools and resources needed in order to provide the best for those within Sampson County.
(Editor’s note: Janna Bass is executive director of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce.)