Defining Volunteerism

As guidelines and standards for the volunteer application process, training and support, and recognition have been implemented, a definition for "volunteer" has been adopted by ACUI. When discussing these items, "volunteer" refers to positions that have a documented position description and/or team charge with a defined term start and end date.

This definition can apply to positions:

  • At the regional and international level
  • On a leadership team, program team, work group, or task force
  • That are elected or selected
  • That are team leaders or team members

Of course, there are dozens of other ways that individuals give of their time and talents to support the work of the Association, such as volunteering at an event, presenting a session, or working on special projects. These contributions are referred to as episodic volunteering.

Updated Jan. 27, 2016