ATTENTION ALL SMART VOLUNTEERS…now there is a way to find out more about us SMART folks
It’s New – It’s for YOU!
What? A new series of brief articles that introduce you to members of our National Office team, and many other SMART-types, in a short & sweet way.
Why? We’re always looking for ways to build and improve our relationship with you, our treasured volunteers. And we’ve done a few things along those lines over the years that have helped. But this time we’ve decided to make it simple and quick by having team members answer a few questions (5, to be exact) about what they do. Maybe more importantly, why they do it. Plus, you’ll learn a little bit of “outside the workplace stuff” about them.
Where? You’ll get a monthly VolunteerCONNECTION e-newsletter that will include the latest Take 5 Spotlight or two in it. We’ll also be posting them on social media and on our website. Who knows? Maybe we’ll hire a skywriting plane and get them up in space.
How? Is it going to make a difference to me? Well, it will clarify and explain more about the people you may interact with and what their jobs are all about. It will help you understand how best we can serve you. Since it will eventually grow to include non-national office folks, you’ll also get to learn about SMART board members, advisors, advocates, historical figures, your fellow volunteers, and random people from the local coffee shop (okay, not the random people).
Next? Sit back get ready for the first issue of VolunteerCONNECTION to arrive (and get out your reading glasses if needed). Then, give us your feedback on the Take 5 Spotlight and feel free to ask any questions or make suggestions.
And? And nothing. That’s it. Take 5 Spotlight. It’s New. It’s for You!
Melina Gilbert is SMART’s Volunteer Support Manager in the Volunteer & Meeting Resource Management Department. She says that means exactly what it says, “The job title speaks for itself. My job is to make sure our volunteers have the supports they need to start and maintain their SMART Recovery meetings.” This includes offering support and resources to increase volunteer satisfaction and develop additional skills.
Molly Princic is the SMART Recovery Online (SROL) Support Manager in the Volunteer & Meeting Resource Management Department. As Molly puts it, that means the online community is her area, “I help with all things SROL—working with a small group of volunteers, known as the Leadership Team, who represent one of the three online communities—Meetings, Message Board, and Chat.” She works with this Leadership Team to improve their platforms and offers technical support to participants as needed. Molly also works closely with SROL volunteers, helping them enjoy and embrace their roles.