In working in the Y for the past 34 years, I have lived and learned the importance of volunteerism in making the organization what it is today.
Volunteering for an Advisory Board can be very fulfilling for both the individual and for the Y. The Y Advisory Board experience is one of the structured volunteer opportunities the Y has to offer. There are many opportunities within the Board to get involved. Here are some of the basic opportunities:
Taking a leadership role. These can differ from one Y to another. Chair of the Board is a role that will be an option later in your service. It is good to play other roles first. One of those would be to chair a committee that you may have some expertise in.
Committee work/Special Events. Get involved in a committee. This is where the real work gets done. Special events are also a great place to get involved. Many events have numerous ways to help. These can be very rewarding experiences. Special events also give our Board members an opportunity to get their friends involved in the Y.
Annual Campaign. This is not only raising money, but also gives the individual an opportunity to get out and tell a Y story. All Advisory Board members need to be involved. Getting out and letting the community know what the Y does is very valuable.
Eyes and ears. From the standpoint of an Executive Director, we need our Board members to tell us what they are seeing and hearing. We all have gleaned many great program ideas from our Board members.
It is really up to the individual to decide how involved he or she wants to be. Serving on a Y Advisory Board is much more than just attaching your name to an organization. It is an opportunity to give back to your community.