Voice of Volunteers
On a beautiful Saturday morning, Ms. Lakshmi Ramchandran hosted the “Voice of Volunteer” meeting and welcomed all the attendees to share their experiences and expectations of being a PMI Volunteer. In attendance were a good mix of Senior Leaders, Veteran volunteers, and new aspiring volunteers. Meeting began with a video message from PMI India leaders on the benefits of volunteering. One beautiful message from the video that struck a chord with me – “as in the game of tennis volunteering start with love-all and the one who serves well win the game”.
As the meeting progressed new volunteers introduced themselves. Veteran volunteers share their heart-warming experiences of supporting an NGO that works for underprivileged children to support them in their higher education, supporting the covid relief programs, helping small and medium enterprises in applying PM practices, reaching to colleges to include PM practice in the curriculum to make students job ready. Volunteers work on a wide spectrum of areas like Academic relations, Outreach, marketing and communication, Technology, and many more.
Everyone echoed the sentiment that the mindset of volunteering and value adding work as a give back to society, not only brings satisfaction and fulfilment, but also provides a great opportunity to learn and network, and in fact, it is the best strategy for professional development.
Towards the end of the meeting, Col. Harsha emphasized an important point that volunteering comes with great responsibility and urges all volunteers to be committed, disciplined, and manage their time well.
Aspiring volunteers can apply for volunteer roles across various portfolios in the tool VRMS ( https://vrms.pmi.org ).
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~ Compiled by Roona Shree