Associations can make use of both committees and task forces to reach their goals. Committees tend to be long-term subgroups within the organization given responsibility for specific repeated tasks. Task forces, however, do not need to be nearly so structured; they are created on-the-spot, complete their task and are then disbanded. Both types of group, however, need volunteers in order to succeed. The more an association can tap into its member base, the more likely it is to succeed at its goals.
- For committees to function properly, the association must fully trust the volunteers to manage specific functions they have been assigned.
- The creation of a task force is often necessary after an unexpected event
- When promoting different volunteering opportunities with a board, communicate them so that people can understand clearly what you are looking for.
“For committees to function properly, the association must fully trust the volunteers to manage specific functions they have been assigned. Often defined through organizational bylaws or statutes, they can be headed by a committee chair and should be composed of people representing different points of view.”