Time…the greatest gift one can give is the gift of time. My sincere thanks and gratitude goes out to the volunteers of the PMI New Jersey Chapter who give the gift of time volunteering for chapter activities. No one is paid at PMINJ - not the President, not the Board, not the volunteer calling to renew your membership, those working on an event, nor the editor/contributors of this newsletter. There are many volunteers; some you see, some you don’t, and I appreciate them all.
Without volunteers, the chapter would not be able to offer the outstanding services and events that PMINJ offers to its members. Since most of our experiences are with the NJ Chapter, we are not aware of what other chapters do nationally or globally. We tend to expect more and sometimes take things for granted. From a leadership perspective, I do have some insight into what other chapters offer. Some are comparable to NJ, and others don’t even come close. So the next time you see a volunteer “volunteering” in some capacity, thank them. Then join us in maintaining PMINJ as one of the greatest chapters in the PMI network!
First, we would like to send out a heartfelt thank you to all of our current 257 PMINJ volunteers. Thank you for dedicating your energy, your skills and your time to support PMINJ. We are always impressed by the caliber and professionalism of our volunteers and the hard work and dedication you put in to make our chapter the thriving organization it is today. This special edition is both to express our gratitude, and to highlight the benefits of volunteering and identify how you can get involved.
Simply put, giving your time to others makes you feel good inside. It is a well-known fact that not only does volunteering benefit the organization and people you are helping, it also gives you a personal sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. Becoming a volunteer for a professional organization like PMINJ, also gives you the added opportunities to increase your personal and professional contacts as well as earn PDUs and receive discounts to PMINJ events. For every hour of volunteer service in a non-compensated project management, project risk, project scheduling, or program management role, by serving as an elected volunteer officer, as a volunteer/appointed committee member, or by providing project management related volunteer services to PMI, you earn one PDU.
We know. Many of us have full-time jobs, families, and other commitments. However, volunteering may fill the gap between what you need to do to make your life work and what you love to do that makes your life better. Volunteering with PMINJ not only enables you to increase your networking circle, it also enables you to select your time investment. Isn't it worth donating a little of your time to help an organization which does so much to educate and nurture its members? Even if it is just to help out at an event manning a table, every hour counts.
The volunteer possibilities run
the gambit from becoming a mentor for another PMINJ
member to joining the Project Managers in Transition
team, to writing an article covering an event for the
newsletter. The first stop should be to check out the
“Volunteer Opportunities” link on our home page. There
is so much available that finding an opportunity that
is right for you should be fairly easy. If nothing
appeals to you right now, check back again frequently.
We are always thinking of ways to create new
opportunities and always looking for volunteers to
fill those spots. So keep checking-in.
Or contact us and let us
know how you would like to help.
Represent PMINJ at various community and / or business meetings, support awareness and education about project management, be a part of a public relations team actively participating in public affairs and events, and at nonprofit organizations. Work with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts who are achieving Eagle Scout and Gold Star awards.
Work with for-profit organizations within New Jersey, assist with learning sessions for corporations in NJ on the values of project management, project managers, and certifications. Participate in trade shows, job fairs, and corporate symposia.
Marketing and Public Relations
Work on marketing and public relations for the chapter and other volunteer programs. Assist with social networking on Facebook, LinkedIn, writing for the newsletter, and creating email blasts.
Promote the benefits of membership, work with new members, support member retention, support members with online registration for Chapter events.
Be part of a group of experienced Mentors to assist aspiring PMs to become more knowledgeable in project management, assist mentees with their specific needs.
There are two ways you can get information: