From serving on a national committee, to pouring beer for a Send and Social, we aim to strengthen our community through volunteerism. The AAC has several awesome ways to get involved. Some volunteer jobs have long-term leadership opportunities, while other positions are for a day, or an event.
The Section Chair
With the help of the club, Section Chairs are the face of the AAC who fulfil the mission to serve and support fellow members. The Section Chairs are the go-to leadership and role model of a successful section. They are the primary contact for, and interface with, all members in their section. Some sections have Co-Chairs who work together to help organize events and recruit volunteers. Regional Managers and Section Chairs work closely together to deliver the AAC mission and support their volunteers.
Section Chair Responsibilities
- Assisiting Regional Managers in working with the Bureau of Land Management, National Forest Service and National Park Service for stewardship projects.
- Maintaining section Facebook pages and section websites.
- They will also work closely with their Regional Manager on section budgets and provide them with written reports.
- Contact the Volunteer Coordinator in Golden for event kits and some SWAG items.
- Organizing and tabling events within the Section with the assistance of volunteers.
- Recruiting and coordinating their own army (committees) of volunteers, training them and helping maintain enthusiasm.
- Thanking volunteers during and after events.
- Creating and maintaining relationships with Local Climbing Organizations (LCO).
Regional Staff Support
Section Chairs can expect their regional staff to:
- Provide the training needed to achieve volunteering goals.
- Listen and be responsive to support needs, volunteering goals, and ideas.
- Provide existing marketing and outreach tools to serve as an ambassador of the club.
- Help troubleshoot membership issues and answer membership questions.
- Provide infrastructure support including nonprofit documentation, risk management procedures, and event budget
approval and reimbursement.
Succession & Term Limits
A successful Section Chair will be regularly thinking about who they can recruit to replace themselves. When looking for a successor, look for traits in a person that also help them be successful. They should care about the AAC, as well as the mission and vision of the club. They should be driven, self-motivated and able to communicate effectively and fairly with others. Many Section Chairs find their most productive time between 3-5 years.
Cornerstone Conservation Grant
The Cornerstone Conservation Grant awards money to fund projects at climbing areas around the country. Each region will have one representative on the National Cornerstone Committee. The responsibilities of committee members include: working with AAC staff and other committee members to promote the grant, evaluate applications and participate in the selection process. Regional Cornerstone Committee members will work with Regional Managers to identify pertinent projects in their area and solicit Requests for Proposal (RFP).
Live Your Dream Grant
The Live Your Dream grant is a nationally funded grant that is distributed regionally. The purpose of these grants are to help climbers achieve their climbing dreams, regardless of experience or climbing genre.
Live Your Dream Committee Chair
The LYD Committee Chair assists with all aspects of the Regional Live Your Dream program, including but not limited to: marketing the grant regionally, selecting and interacting with LYD committee members, constructing the grant selection grading sheet, reading all incoming grant applications, communicating with all grant applicants before, during, and after the grant selection process, narrowing grant pool for the regional selection committee, making the final call on grant recipients and award amounts, announcing and publicizing grant winners, contacting non-recipients and staying in touch with grant recipients to follow up on trip report collection.
Live Your Dream Committee Members
Members of the LYD committee support the committee chair and AAC staff in functions of the LYD grant. The main responsibilities include reviewing of regional applications and assisting committee chair to finalize grant recipients.
Craggin’ Classics are the most anticipated climber party and celebration of the year.
Craggin' Classic Committee Chair
The Craggin’ Classic Event Chair assists with overseeing the entirety of their region’s event. Their job will involve scheduling, fundraising, registration and marketing. That doesn’t mean you’re rolling Honnold style on the northwest face of Half Dome. Along with support of AAC staff and regional leadership, the chair will recruit a team of volunteers to help with the main components of the weekend.
Craggin' Classic Committee
The committee members are individually responsible for different components of the weekend. These functions include, but are not limited to:
- Food and beverage
- Marketing materials i.e. poster design, local posting of fliers
- Entertainment i.e. slideshows, music, movies, contests
- Audio Visual i.e. projectors, sound system and technical help
- Building a clinic schedule
Section Events Committee
The Section Dinner/Fundraising Event
Annual section dinners are a geat way to raise money for AAC grants and projects, and are a really fun way to gather members of the local community. Putting on a dinner involves a team to: find a location, find a good caterer, market the event and secure donations for a raffle or auction. The dinner should have a theme which can be formal or fun, whatever best suits the needs of your section, but creativity is welcome and encouraged. This event does not necessarily need to be a dinner- if another idea seems more suited to a particular community, just run it by your Regional Manager for approval.
Regional Welcoming Position
While this is more of a one-person-job, it is very important. One enthusiastic person from each section will be responsible for calling new members each month. The Volunteer Coordinator in Golden will send a monthly list to this person so that they can welcome new members to the club, as well as help to answer any questions people may have. This is also a good way to find out what volunteer opportunities exist locally in which our members may be interested, as well as let people know what about events happening in their area. This person will also be in regular contact with their Section Chair to stay current on local events. A database is available on Google Drive where members who are interested in volunteer opportunities are added. Their names, contact info and possible interests are captured here and available for the Section Chairs and Regional Managers to contact.
Board of Directors & Board-level Committees
The Board of Directors is made up of volunteers. There are also several committees that are chaired by board members such as the Conservation and Advocacy Committee, ... Board members and other volunteers sit on many of these committees and occasionally have openings.