Lead and Support Volunteers
Leading and supporting Society volunteers
While many volunteers work directly with service members, others provide leadership and support to Society volunteers. Each office is lead by the Chair of Volunteers (COV), who oversees all volunteers at that location. Office support volunteers keep things running smoothly. Together, these roles help volunteers perform the important services that directly influence the lives of Navy and Marine Corps service members.
Profile of an office support volunteer
Serving in an office is an easy way to develop and use professional skills. Some volunteers maintain databases and records, and others plan volunteer recognition events and manage volunteer hours. Training and mentoring volunteers is a great role for anyone who likes working with people. Some support volunteers are assigned special projects that use their unique skills.
Provide leadership for volunteers
Our Chair of Volunteers is responsible for all aspects of volunteering at a field office. This includes recruiting, interviewing, and placing volunteers in the right positions, as well as supervising and mentoring the volunteers. COVs have leadership and administration skills and often have previous professional management or leadership experience. The term of service for a COV is one to three years. Other volunteer leadership positions include Casework Lead, Client Services Assistant Lead, Thrift Shop Lead, and Budget for Baby Program Lead.
What volunteers can expect
Volunteers in office roles must be flexible. People in this area tend to like the opportunity to support other volunteers and staff rather than interact directly with clients.
Some work can be done remotely, such as database management, so you may not need to live near a base.
Because of the flexibility and opportunities in these roles, you should expect to work with the Chair of Volunteers to help determine the right opportunity for you.