Volunteerism is a huge part of our club’s culture. It’s probably the most important thing we do, and it really should not go unnoticed. One of the best ways to ensure that volunteer efforts don’t go unrecognized or unrecorded is to record donated service at the time it is performed. This ensures that volunteer efforts are captured for financial reports, lessens the likelihood of the volunteer effort falling through the cracks and going unnoticed, helps identify and objectively rank volunteer service deserving of special recognition, and can actually help greatly when we apply for grants.
We should be tracking our volunteer time for a long list of club-related activities. Some include club board activities, emergency communications training and support, general club station support, public service communications support, VEC related activities, and more.
When you navigate to the volunteer time entry screen, you’ll need to provide a valid e-mail address, then you’ll need to select your name from the drop-down list. If you aren’t listed, simply select “other”, fill in the other fields, and provide your identity and contact info in the comments/notes fields; someone from the club will contact you to give you a permanent validation code. It’s a pretty easy and self-explanatory process. You’ll find that there are several options to categorize your volunteer time in the drop-down list. If in doubt about how to categorize your time, just pick what you think fits best and provide details of what you did in the narrative description. We review all entries and can edit if necessary.
Kent Petty, KL5T, monitors and manages our volunteer hours tracking program. Please contact Kent at 907.632.3963 or vicepresident at kl7aa dot org with any questions.