At the National Military Family Association, we like to say #OurVolunteersRock and we really mean it!
Recently, I joined our Volunteer Services Director and West Region Coordinator for a volunteer training session – where we provided in-person training to volunteers in Tucson, Arizona.
I started with NMFA as a volunteer in 2005 shortly after my husband joined the Marine Corps. My first Association event was a volunteer training conference held in Denver, Colorado. I was hooked. I loved meeting volunteers from all seven Uniformed Services and proudly boasted that I had a new friend who was a Coast Guard spouse! Not only did I learn about the history of NMFA, I had a chance to meet with staff, Board Members, and other volunteers. I learned about the latest legislative action, how to network in my community, and how to share information with NMFA so they could advocate on behalf of military families across the globe.
The training in Arizona was no different; except this time I was the trainer. I shared information about sequestration, the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission recommendations, the 2016 Defense Budget, and how these elements connect with our 2015 Legislative Priorities.
Do you know what I learned from this training session?
Our Volunteers want MORE!
- More information about current legislative proposals
- More information about how to be engaged in advocacy
- More sound bites with key messaging on priority issues
Our Volunteers are engaged in their communities and want to be more involved.
Here are some quick tips that I shared to help our Volunteers be their own best advocate:
- Read our publications. From our monthly, Military Family News, to our website, and blog – we have great information for #milfams.
- Follow us on social media. Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram…let us know you read our blog!
- Stay engaged in your local community. Attend community events and report back to us about what is or is NOT happening to support military families.
- Be an active volunteer. We provide exclusive volunteer-only training with webinars, conference calls, and in-person training sessions.
During Volunteer Appreciation Week, I would like to personally thank our past, present and future, yes, future, volunteers for continuing to be the “eyes and ears” in your local community and helping us advocate for you and your military family.
Wanna join us? Check out our volunteer opportunities!