Hello Chapter members! Since we are ALL volunteers I wanted to refresh our minds about what this means and why it’s beneficial.

What is a volunteer?
A person that actively takes on a task, responsibility, or project on his or her own accord without needing to be assigned, ordered, or told to do so. Often a volunteer is not paid for the work that they provide.

What is the volunteer service?
Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity where an individual or group provides services for no financial gain “to benefit another person, group or organization.” Volunteering is also renowned for skill development, and is often intended to promote goodness or to improve human quality of life.

Why it is important to volunteer?
Volunteering increases self-confidence and can provide a healthy boost to your self-esteem and life satisfaction. You are doing well for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity.

Why be a volunteer?
People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge.

We have many volunteer opportunities within our Chapter.  We are always looking for volunteers to help out at Chapter meetings or to join our Sports Massage Team (SMT) and/or CSMT. In addition, if you have a special talent that could be of use to our members, you can reach out to your Board and the Chairpeople within our Chapter.

Anecdotally, I’ve personally built a very large massage business through volunteering at SMT and CSMT events. I always get at least one personal client from each event I volunteer at. It’s all a numbers game, meaning massage 10 people and get one client, massage another 10 and get another client. By time you know it; you’ll have a strong base of clientele in a very short period of time. Always be professional, consistent, knowledgeable and most importantly, be passionate and a team player!

Take your eyes off yourself and put them on others because people need your energy, compassion and your special gift of touch. Join other Chapter members for camaraderie and motivation and let’s get you out of your comfort zone and volunteering!

Volunteer Applications and Code of Conduct
Volunteer applications are available on our Chapter’s website at http://www.amtactchapter.org/volunteer/.

All volunteers must sign the AMTA Chapter Volunteer Code of Conduct annually. You can locate it on the AMTA National website at https://www.amtamassage.org/chapters/codesofconduct/index.html.

Please reach out to any Board member or Chairperson in our chapter with questions and thoughts, or just to talk at anytime!

Rocky Perez
Volunteer Management Chair