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:
Project management skills
For me the strength of DRMA is really the strength of the community you’re invited into.
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 lunchtimes 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 focuses on engaging existing DRMA members through services, benefits and member events. This committee is a good fit for those who have a good feel for products and services needed by manufacturers.
Member Recruitment Committee
The Member Recruitment Committee focuses on developing leads and opportunities to recruit new members. This committee is a good fit for those who sell to manufacturers.
The Communications Committee is tasked with communicating the value of DRMA through various communication channels. This is a good fit for anyone with a background in marketing or communication.
Government Relations Committee
The Government Relations Committee (GRC) is committed to building strong relationships with organizations and elected officials to advocate for members’ issues and concerns. This committee is a good fit for those having a passion for affecting positive outcomes between industry and government.
Growing the Workforce Pipeline Committee
The Growing the Workforce Pipeline Committee (GWP) works on initiatives to promote careers in manufacturing and works with regional training partners to ensure training programs meet the needs of manufacturers. This committee is a good fit for regular member representatives who can’t find enough workers with the right skill set.
MFG Day Sub-Committee
The MFG Day (Manufacturing Day) Sub-Committee is responsible for recruiting new companies to participate in the Dayton Region MFG Day. This committee is a good fit for people who spend a lot of time in manufacturing facilities and know what would look cool to students
Power Lunch Sub-Committee
The Power Lunch Sub-Committee conducts and improves our Power Lunches and speaking events. This committee is a good fit for those who are interested in volunteering with children and for career events.
Summer Camp Sub-Committee
The Summer Camp Sub-Committee partners with Dayton area organizations to produce summer camps that help draw students to the manufacturing field. This committee is good for those who cannot make a long-term commitment as they only meet a couple times a year.
Young Professionals Committee
The Young Professionals Committee provides a forum to connect young members of DRMA to one another and develop relationships that foster personal and professional growth. This committee is a good fit for younger members of DRMA who are looking to connect with one another.
Golf Outing Committee
The Golf Outing Committee produces golf outings for the social enjoyment of members and to raise money for the DRMA foundation. This committee is a good fit for those who enjoy golf and attend other outings.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Don’t want to commit to a committee but still want to volunteer? These opportunities are on an “as needed” basis:
Power Lunches occur at area elementary, middle, and high schools during student lunch periods. The 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.