The Volunteer Advisory Steering Committee (VASC), established in 2010, acts as the core of the volunteer-led structure being the voice of the volunteers, advisors to all operational committees and creates a transparent environment between the work of the council and its members.
VASC was established to work with current and future volunteer committees in Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas.
VASC members began by researching the functions and purpose of all committees and task groups to gain a better understanding of council and volunteer needs. They then evaluated how committees could work to communicate more efficiently and accomplish overall goals.
After this research, VASC appointed a volunteer from the committee to work in partnership with a staff liaison to the committees in each function (Girl Scout Leadership Experience, Administration, Membership & Community Development, Brand/Communication, and Volunteerism). The partnership will work together to develop a stronger volunteer voice in the council and get a recommitment from the committees and its members.
VASC works in partnership with council to ensure that the volunteers’ voice is heard. The committee members actively solicit volunteer feedback through surveys, community conversation opportunities and through regional and council level committees.
After nine Community Conversations in Spring 2012 with volunteers throughout the 21 counties, volunteers overwhelmingly agreed that the service unit structure with all of the volunteer positions was not working. It was noted that a majority of the service units did not have volunteers filling the 16 volunteer positions and could not recruit volunteers to fill those positions. In other instances, one or two volunteers were filling multiple roles on the service unit team and unable to fulfill the responsibilities. The information was presented to staff and they agreed with the volunteers’ concerns. The staff quickly moved forward to review the position descriptions and make determinations on what responsibilities were critical to supporting the service units. It was evident that everyone wanted to see changes that would result in better support to volunteers which, in turn, would result in girls in every service unit receiving the best Girl Scout Leadership Experience!
This chart (click here) shows the new service unit and regional volunteer structure for the 2012-2013 membership year and the graphic (click here) showing the relationship of the service unit and regional area and staff partnerships.
You can view the position descriptions for each service unit and regional volunteer position below. If you are interested in any of the positions or know of someone who would be great in the position, please let your Service Unit Director or GO Team staff liaison know! Service units will also be developing special volunteer committees for work throughout the year and are always interested in involving new adults to help deliver Girl Scout opportunities to the girls and volunteers! Become a part of Girl Scout Leadership today!
Service Unit Director
Service Unit Administrative Assistant
Service Unit Treasurer (in development)
Service Unit Adult Learning & Recognition Coordinator
Service Unit Event & Outdoor Coordinator
Service Unit Membership Coordinator
Service Unit Cookie Manager
Service Unit Nut Expert