Volunteer roles need filled under new structure

Buckeye Farm News

When OFBF overhauled its programming structure in 2007, specific volunteer positions, such as the County Information Coordinator, were dropped to give members more leeway in determining how they’d like to serve the organization.

But even though titles for some positions no longer exist, the need for volunteers to carry out the same responsibilities does, said John Wargowsky, OFBF senior director of field communications.

“We may no longer have County Information Coordinators, but having volunteers working with the local media is just as important as ever,” he said. “The same is true for all of the positions that existed under the previous structure.”

Under the old system, volunteers were given uniform guidelines to help carry out the mission of OFBF. Those specific instructions were dropped to create a more volunteer-friendly organization and to give counties greater say on which programs are best suited for their areas. Volunteers can continue to serve Farm Bureau through one of three action teams: Public Policy, Communications and Organization.

“We want members to identify ways in which they feel comfortable serving the organization, even if they only have a few minutes to give. It can be as easy as calling your organization director and asking ‘How can I help,’” Wargowsky said. “We encourage members to utilize whatever skill sets they have. One thing that hasn’t changed is the importance of volunteers to Farm Bureau.”

Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.

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