I am looking for examples of how your program utilizes volunteers. Is it parent chaperones? CDE training?
Please share your best practices, tips and suggestions so that I may share with my teachers!
Our FFA has an Alumni and they are wonderful. Our alumni helps us with all our fundraisers, chaperons and CDE training. I make sure they are aware of everything which is going on with our chapter. We have recently gotten chartered through the Mississippi FFA Alumni and the National FFA Alumni. This also opens up many opportunities for our FFA chapter. Our alumni is made up of people from different walks of life, most of which were never in FFA. A main thing our Alumni does for us is handle all our FFA money. Our school likes to dip their hands in the school FFA fund so we do not put any money in there. Hope this helps some!
Parents also work great in organizing events. If you have a local show: from rabbits all the way up to large animal livestock shows they can get a lot of work done during the day while you are teaching. Plus a lot of these parents know most people in town which is always handy for sponsorships and knowing how to get stuff for the event on short notice. Just keep your expectations clear so you can keep a budding Napoleon or Gen. Patton from ruining the fun for the other parents.
They are great if you decide to host any FFA related events for your area of the state. Same sort of thing as the animal shows. Parents want to show off their kids, school, and town which helps get them involved in your program. After an event or two you'll start to see who'll get the work done behind the scenes and who will show up day of. Each person has a place, so take them as they arrive with open arms.
Dads can be great cookers. Fundraisers like steak suppers, boston butt sales, or chicken barbeques (my personal favorite) bring out the Dads who love to cook and talk about cooking.
Good luck and be patient,
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