As mentioned in the Network ReVisioning Strategy, our vision is to move from nebulous member definitions to registered volunteer designations.
In response to ReVisioning and discussions with Code for America HR and Legal, CfA is working on a more formal volunteer agreement in place with all Code for America volunteers (e.g. volunteers in the Network, volunteers supporting the CfA Tax Benefits work).
The volunteer agreement will detail the relationship between volunteers and CfA, and will outline the expectations and duties for both CfA and volunteers.
Note that the volunteer agreement should be signed by volunteers of fiscally sponsored Brigades of CfA and volunteers on CfA Network projects and initiatives (including but not limited to: National Action Team volunteers, Network Organizing Branch Working Group members, and Brigade Congress committee members).
3rd Party and Partner Brigades are separate entities, so volunteers in these Brigades are not required to sign the CfA volunteer agreement unless they are working on something directly owned by CfA. We are working on identifying who can be considered as a Code for America Network volunteer.
CfA Volunteer Experience Survey: In addition to the CfA volunteer agreement, we are working on revamping the Network’s volunteer experience. Please participate in our volunteer experience activity, which you can access and read more about here. We will be using the insights from the activity to inform what areas of the experience we need to prioritize working on.
Registered Network Member Benefits: Anyone* will be able to register as a Code for America Network Volunteer/Member, which will come with benefits and perks. If you would like to take part in proposing what the perks should be, leave a comment in this thread or email Mari at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Folks who don’t live in the U.S. will not be able to be a registered volunteer.