Explore volunteering and leadership this February

By Bonnie Naugle posted 27 days ago


Each year, hundreds of AIC members volunteer with our many committees, groups, and networks.

A majority of these are member-driven groups that come together to accomplish goals they set for themselves, to benefit other members. They get so much out of the experience, whether it's making connections with people they otherwise wouldn't have met, or a getting a chance to stretch and learn new skills in leadership, project management, and planning in a supportive, low-risk environment. 

I've worked at AIC for almost 11 years. As a staff liaison to several of our groups, networks, working groups, and committees, I've been able to meet and work with so many of our members. It's one of the best parts of my job! I'm learning along with you to develop skills like planning and scheduling meetings, taking notes, and documenting our achievements. I encourage (surprise!) communication among member and with the public about the amazing work you are doing. 

It's easy to get started. If your institution or employer supports volunteer work, then it's a matter of identifying the time you have and matching that with our opportunities. If you don't have time during the day but still want to get involved, we have so many ways to connect!

If you are interested in planning our member meetups or have new ideas for how we can engage with membership, that's a great committee to start with. If you want to flex your writing skills but don't have time during the day, join a wiki group and learn how to contribute as a team or on a mini topic. Want to learn more about a certain specialty while planning your education? Join a specialty group committee to see what they do! 

Join us this Friday at 1pm ET if you'd like to ask questions or share your volunteer experience. It's amazing what we can do together as a community!