We have many exciting and diverse opportunities for volunteer involvement. We have board positions, branch steering committees, board committees, specialized task forces, a caucus, and various networks that can appeal to different special interests in the membership. One of the exciting things about NASW WI is that new special interest groups, task forces, caucuses or networks can be formed if there is enough interest from membership.
Volunteer involvement with NASW WI is a great way to meet other practitioners, develop leadership skills, make important professional and career contacts, and work cooperatively to change social policy on a state or national level. A majority of our committees function via toll-free conference calls.
A sampling of our current list includes:
- Continuing Education
Plans the annual state conference and the Boundaries and Ethics workshops. In terms of the annual state conference, the CE Committee chooses the conference theme, the two keynote speakers, the theme and speakers for the Town Hall Meeting, and selects all the 50-60 workshop topics and speakers.
Reviews ethical complaints by clients against NASW WI members.
Prepares the chapter budget, reviews quarterly financial reports, review the annual audit and conducts other business and sets other policies as necessary.
- Legislative & Social Policy
Plans the Chapters biennial lobby day, reviews and takes a position on the biennial state budget, reviews bills that are introduced into the Wisconsin Legislature, determines the Chapter’s position on priority bills, develops position papers on Wisconsin chapter priority issues, and helps mobilize members.
- Membership & Marketing
- Conducts surveys of NASW WI members, reviews chapter recruitment and retention efforts, conducts specialized recruitment and retention campaigns, and reviews and revises marketing materials.
- WI Social Workers Political Action
Endorses candidates running for statewide or local office. In addition WSWPAC provides money and organizing assistance in targeted races.
- Professional Standards & Regulations
Monitors, reviews, and advocates on rules and bills affecting social work standards and regulation.
- Regional Branch Groups
Southeast, Kenosha/Racine, South Central, Northeast, North Central, West Central and Southwest. Several branches have active steering committee that meet regularly.
- Board of Directors
- Nominations & Leadership Identification
- Diversity Task Force
- Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual & Interested Others
- Task Force on Children’s Issues