Benefits of Recruiting Your Own Volunteer
- Self interest: Volunteers with a close relationship to your school (e.g., parents of your students) will automatically be more interested in helping to enhance the learning process
- Knowledge: Local volunteers will have an increased awareness of local concerns and the resources and goals of your school
- Better outcomes: You have a better chance for success with a volunteer you have chosen.
- Ask an engineer who has visited your classroom on other occasions (career days, science fair judging).
- Appeal to the parents of the students in your class or school. Place an article in the school newspaper or send a letter home with the students.
- Check with your colleagues at the school. Perhaps one of them is married to or knows an engineer.
- Contact your school business partner. A local contact that has made a community commitment is an "easy" target.
- Contact your City's Bureau of Engineers. City partnerships with the local school district are usually a priority.
- Tap into other community resources such as YMCA, PTA, churches, museums. They may have volunteers that are willing to help.
- Issue a school press release announcing your participation and the need for a volunteer.
- Look in the phone book under "Engineering" firms. Call to see if they are interested in education programs and community service.
- Check with the local chapters of the major engineering professional associations (see list of sponsors).
If all else fails, contact your Regional Coordinator.