What ideas do you have for how GFCA could encourage more members and non-members to volunteer on committees, in support roles, or special initiatives?
Phil, I think those who are interested in volunteering most of the time do not know where to begin, or have no idea of what avenues of service are available. If specific projects are listed or offered, with estimated time or funds required, interested individuals would have a better and more clear idea of how and what they can or can not contribute. I might be completely off on this, but I personally have not seen a list of possible activities.
Houtan, that's a good observation and a sensible idea. We'll add that to the development list for our volunteer page: Volunteering
I share the view that it hard to know how to volunteer in the absence of a specific list of opportunities. However, there may be another factor at play.
While I am aligned on most things with the GFCA there are issues on which my perspective varies. Not everyone here has a horse, some of us would like to have the ability to walk along major roads without taking our life in our hands (i.e., sidwalks or trails) and some of us would like to see two left turn lanes onto Georgetown Pike from Rt. 7 so we can get home in time to have dinner with the kids. I've gotten the impression, hopefully ill-founded, that it is all or nothing with GFCA. One does not get the sense that the organization embraces those who do not fully subscribe to all of its tenets. Therefore, it does not always seem welcoming.
Great Falls Citizens Association
PO Box 27 • Great Falls, VA • 22066