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As an advisor or leader of an Army volunteer organization, what are some of the organizations in my community that I should be familiar with?

To start with, you should be knowledgeable about the resources in both your military and civilian community that have or may have an impact on your group. For example, if you are a leader of a Girl Scout Troop, you may want to develop a relationship with the local schools or other youth organizations in which you may recruit members. You should also be familiar with agencies that may be able to assist you with some of your activities such as the American Red Cross (e.g., for babysitting or first aid classes or demonstrations) or private organizations (e.g., women’s groups) for whom you may volunteer or request donations for some of the scouting events. As a Family Readiness Group (FRG) leader or advisor, it is important to be aware of emergency services, social work service organizations, public health facilities, legal services, etc. Keep current on issues and events that impact the group whether they are in the military community, civilian community, or part of the host nation in which you are stationed. The Army Community Service’s Information and Referral office is a great place to check for information on military and local community resources.

As the leader of a volunteer organization, how can I make the most of the support systems available within the military, civilian or host nation community?

As the leader of your volunteer organization, one of the first things you might consider doing is establishing a rapport with some of the agencies with whom you may be doing business. For example, if you are a leader of a youth organization, introduce yourself to the principals of the schools in your community. Consider meeting the leaders of organizations with whom you may need to coordinate activities. For example, you may want to engage support from the Military Police in your community to help with activities for bike safety month or perhaps one of the community churches can provide a location for your annual bazaar. Learn what resources are available in your community and use that knowledge to coordinate the efforts of your organization with theirs. Don’t forget to include host nation agencies if you live outside CONUS. Broadening your circle of support can provide enriching cultural experiences for your organization – and theirs!

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