If you look up the word “volunteer” in the dictionary, the definition reads: A person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task. And more explicitly, a person who performs a service willingly and without pay. And, yes, the chamber always has room for anybody wanting to work for free.
As you may be aware, the chamber depends on our volunteers each and every day. And our current group of volunteers help us out more than they know. When you walk into the chamber, you’ll notice we have four desks. One for me, one for Kristy and two for the volunteers. We consider ourselves a staff of four. And some days, due to outside appointments, family obligations or trips out of state, our staff of four dwindles down to three or two. We really rely on that staff of four: Our days are structured around those four desks working together. If we are down one or two, it really makes a difference. While our volunteers get to take that time off whenever they need it, we need backup players. So that is where you could fit in. If you feel you could be an addition to our team of four, here’s what we are looking for in a volunteer:
• Answering phones and dealing with walk ins are the two biggest tasks. And along with those calls and walk ins comes a lot of question answering. But we’ll provide you with the tools you need – lists and lists of numbers for the resources around town. But, a lot of your answers are just common sense.
• You are part of a referral center. Residents call or come in looking for plumbers, hearing aid companies, financial planners. And you have their answers – in the chamber membership directory. You’re the key to referring our members to residents. And if you have a skill set from a previous job or other volunteer position, we’ll put that to use as well. For example, computer skills are not necessary but will be helpful.
Volunteer shifts are for three and a half hours: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 to 4 p.m. So you won’t even have time to become sick of us. And if you can work at some of our chamber events, even better. If you think you have what it takes to become one of the team, give Kristy a call at the chamber 813-634-5111. She’ll give you the ins and outs of what we are all about. I hope you’ll consider becoming part of our amazing volunteer team at the chamber. We cannot do it without you!
Lynne Conlan is Executive Director of the Sun City Center Area Chamber of Commerce. Call her at 813-634-5111, or email email@example.com.