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MMPA Releases Volunteer Bill of Rights

By Craig Gustafson

Guidelines set expectations for volunteers, leaders

An old adage states that what you get out of an experience is directly related to what you put into it.

Volunteers are a precious commodity for any organization. To recognize this, MMPA recently released a Volunteer Bill of Rights. "The MMPA Volunteer Bill of Rights (VBR) helps new volunteers understand what they give and what they get when they get involved with the MMPA,” says Kathy Forss, president of the MMPA board of directors.

“MMPA needs people to understand that volunteering is the best way to get to know the movers and shakers in the industry and help define what you get from your membership—but it won't take up any more of your time than you're willing to give."

MMPA offers many opportunities to get involved: operations and governance of the organization, producing professional development opportunities, and staging networking events. “We're a volunteer-run association, so we hope more members will get involved to define our path and make us stronger,” says Forss.

In addition, the new VBR gives leaders a resource to help set expectations and develop tasks and responsibilities for their volunteer teams.

The document contains three sections. The first defines some basic expectations for your involvement, establishing clear structure and paths for communication. The second section defines your rights as a volunteer to control the scope of your commitment. The flip side of rights is responsibility and, as a volunteer, your responsibilities are defined in the final section.

The complete document resides at mmpa.net. Access it by following the volunteer link at the top of the home page or use this url: http://www.mmpa.net/volunteer/volunteer-bill-of-rights.html.