Harvesters is a young professionals group created to help raise funds, provide volunteer support, and create awareness for the Arkansas Foodbank (AF).
Benefits of Membership
Although special events involve hard work, Harvesters have a lot of fun working on the Special Event Committee. Both Empty Bowls and the Fall Event are casual and enjoyable events. There are other benefits of volunteer service and working with other young professionals, such as, social networking, skill development, and satisfaction from community service.
Membership in Harvesters can be a rewarding and fun experience, but in order to fulfill its organizational purpose, it is important for members to make a minimum level of commitment. Current membership obligations include a one year commitment, service on at least one special event committee, securing one or more sponsors for an event and/or selling tickets to the event, recruitment of potential new members, and a $30 annual membership fee.
Meetings of the full membership are held a minimum of once a month on the first Tuesday. Meeting times alternate between 11:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. Meetings are held in different locations as secured by Harvester members. Meetings may be held more frequently as needed, particularly as fundraising event dates draw near.
The Harvesters’ executive board includes four elected positions. Together the executive board members are responsible for providing organizational leadership to Harvesters to ensure its continued sustainability. These positions include Chair, Vice-Chair, Membership Chair, and Secretary.
Arkansas Foodbank Support
Direct support for Harvesters is provided by the AF’s Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator. In addition, other AF staff work with Harvesters as needed, particularly the Chief Executive Officer, Marketing and Public Relations Director, Chief Development Officer, and the Special Event Coordinator.