|DCAT Volunteer Committees
Thank you for your interest in the DCAT organization! We appreciate your eagerness to share your time and talents by volunteering.
The following information will provide you with more information as to how the committees function within the association.
The association currently has six standing committees: Education, Membership, Science & Scholarship, Scholarship Funding, Supply Management, and Technology. Additionally, the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors has the authority to appoint other standing or ad-hoc committees as needed.
In order to more effectively manage the organization’s projects and initiatives, we have core Standing Committees, consisting of member company representatives from diverse industry backgrounds who will work together to guide specific organizational activities. Also, when necessary, a Standing Committee can assign short-term projects and assignments to Task Forces or to individual Volunteers.
While every application is considered, it is important that committees limit their size in order to assure they can operate efficiently. As for task forces of a particular committee, please keep in mind that committees can reach out to volunteers at any time. Formation of task forces are based on projects and specific needs, and therefore, there isn’t any set schedule. If you apply to participate in a task force, please be patient. It’s terrific for a standing committee to know there are willing volunteers when they need them. If you are uncertain of your time commitment, you are always invited to be part of our Industry Volunteer Community as described below.
Please take a few minutes and review these various volunteer engagement levels. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the Volunteer Application Form and submit it to DCAT’s headquarters at Volunteer@dcat.org or by faxing to 609-448-1944.
Standing Committees are charged with identifying needs of the members, managing initiatives, marketing, coordinating volunteers and other activities. Members of these committees undertake assignments on a long-term basis, which enables them to bring continuity to their projects. Responsibilities include a time commitment to committee meetings and/or conference calls usually 8-10 times per year as well as emails and specific assignments.
Task Forces are formed primarily to work on a highly focused task or provide a specific service to the organization within a specified period of time. Work is usually conducted by email and conference calls, with an optional opportunity to meet in person, if necessary. Members of these committees undertake assignments on a shorter-term basis. Their role is completed once the specific responsibilities delegated to them are achieved. These are usually accomplished by conference calls and emails. (For example, the Education Committee appoints various Program Development Task Forces, which work independently to develop possible topics for education sessions.)
DCAT’s Industry Volunteer Community provides opportunities for member company representatives to use their unique experiences and professional interests to assess projects or other organizational initiatives and provide feedback. Work is conducted by email and/or telephone calls. Volunteers are also needed to assist at meetings, hospitality and networking events, as well as to assist staff with small projects and provide feedback when needed. Minimal time is required for these activities and a committee or staff member would contact you when your expertise or assistance is needed.
The Education Committee is responsible for identifying the educational needs of the membership and creating quality, value-added programs to enhance the membership’s knowledge, professionalism and business development goals. This committee also assigns work to task forces. See Education Committee description.
The Membership Committee is responsible for providing insights and recommendations for services and benefits that support members and the retention of their membership. They will develop methods to promote awareness of the value of membership as well as identify and recruit prospective members who would benefit from membership in the organization. This committee also assigns work to task forces. See Membership Committee description.
The Scholarship Funding Committee is responsible for raising funds needed for scholarship programs developed by the association and its Science & Scholarship Committee. See Scholarship Funding Committee Description.
The Science & Scholarship Committee is responsible for identifying the needs of today’s students and educators and provides them with assistance through a variety of projects, grants and member supported initiatives. This committee also assigns work to task forces. See Science & Scholarship Committee description.
The Supply Management Committee is responsible for identifying the educational needs of individuals working in the supply management and to create quality, value-added programs regarding issues and trends that influence supply chain, enhance the membership’s knowledge, professionalism, and business development goals. This committee also assigns work to task forces. See Supply Management Committee description.
The Technology Committee is responsible for the development, content and member use of DCAT Connect and the organization’s website to ensure that it provides quality information and resources to enhance the membership’s knowledge, professionalism and business development goals. This committee also assigns work to task forces. See Technology Committee description.