Why should you volunteer? DRMA, like other volunteer organizations, accomplishes its goals through the efforts of volunteers and staff. But why should YOU volunteer? What’s in it for you? Through volunteer experience, you can develop or improve your:
- Communications skills
- Presentation skills
- Team building skills
- Project management skills
- Problem solving skills
- Leadership skills
Committees and Sub-Committees
Committees and sub-committees have a consistent meeting schedule (most often monthly, some every two months) and some of the meetings are held via conference call, usually during breakfast or lunch times so as to not interfere with working hours. Each committee is led by a chairperson and is assigned a Board member liaison.
Member Services Committee
The Member Services Committee analyzes member needs and identifies product and service solutions; determines member event speakers and other programs to enhance members' business success; recruits and retains members; and identifies ways to increase member involvement. Meets in person, every other month. The MSC has several sub-committees; you don’t have to be a member of the full committee to serve on a sub-committee.
This sub-committee focuses on developing leads and opportunities to recruit new members. Meets every other month in person. This committee is a good fit for those who sell to manufacturers.
This sub-committee focuses on ways to engage members so that they have the opportunity to experience the value of DRMA. This committee is a good fit for those who have “drunk the DRMA Kool-Aid”!
This sub-committee focuses on the tools to communicate the value of DRMA membership. This committee is a good fit for those who have a knack for marketing, communications, and writing.
Government Relations Committee
The GRC is committed to building strong relationships with organizations and government officials to advocate for members’ issues and concerns. Meets monthly via conference call and once a quarter in person. This committee is a good fit for those having a passion for affecting positive outcomes between industry and the government.
Growing the Workforce Pipeline Committee
The GWP Committee works on initiatives to promote careers in manufacturing in order to expand the candidate pool; and works with regional training partners to ensure training programs meet the needs of manufacturers. Meets monthly in person. This committee is a good fit for Manufacturer member representatives who can't find enough workers with the right skill set.
MFG Day Committee
The MFG Day committee is responsible for recruiting new companies to participate in MFG Day. MFG Day is nationwide event where students from area schools tour manufacturing facilities teaching them about careers in the industry. This committee is a good fit for those who sell to manufacturers.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Don’t want to commit to a committee but still want to volunteer? These opportunities are on an “as needed” basis:
AMTS – Lobby Workers and Student Guides
Volunteers work in the lobby at the annual trade show greeting attendees, giving directions, handing out show directories, etc. 2 to 3 hour shifts over 2 days of the show in October. This is a good fit for friendly people!
Power Lunches occur at area elementary, middle, and high schools during student lunch periods. Staff sets up a table with interesting equipment, and students come to the table to see what’s up. Volunteers talk one-on-one with students about how cool it is to work in manufacturing. 2 hours per lunch, 2 or 3 times a school year. This is a good fit for “near peers” (young folks!) who want to get more kids interested in pursuing careers in manufacturing. No public speaking required.
Click here for more information on getting involved or call the DRMA office at (937) 949-4000.