About the VMT
The VMT is the Luminhos Volunteer Management Team.
Typically, small non-profit organizations, those without much money, operate with a working board. Members of the Board are called upon to do everything from setting the vision and goals for the organization to stuffing the envelopes for mailings. Larger non-profit organizations, those that have more money, operate with a governing board that sets goals, and with paid employees who do everything necessary for carrying out the goals, including the stuffing of envelopes.
For years and years, Luminhos operated with a working board and one employee, the Chaplain. In 2013, the board met for an all-day review and planning session. The purpose of the session was to develop a different organizational structure to take some tasks off the Board’s plate, and to take some tasks off the Chaplain’s plate. As there wasn’t money to hire staff, the outcome of the planning session was to put in place a Volunteer Management Team. This team of volunteers would serve much like employees, but without pay.
Today the VMT functions well as a link between the Board and the Chaplain. The VMT receives its mandate from the Board, and it works to support and assist the chaplain with many of the day-to-day tasks that need to be done.
The VMT operates with four sub-committees or teams:
- Events Committee
- Visitations Committee
- Communications Committee
- Finance Committee
A representative from the VMT gives a report at each Board meeting.
With the VMT in place, the Board can delegate some of its responsibilities to the VMT. Other functions to be carried out by Board members. Likewise, the Chaplain can call upon members of the VMT to take care of many tasks that would otherwise overflow from his plate. This gives him more time to do the front-line work of his calling—visiting patients in the hospitals of Saskatoon!
—Harold Hesje, VMT Chair
Would You Like to Serve on the VMT?
The work of LuMinHoS’s dedicated crew of volunteers is integral to our ministry. We are always looking for people to serve on the various VMT committees. If you would like to be on one, please contact Rev. Harold Hesje, VMT Chair.
Here’s a bit more information about what each of the committees does:
Under the leadership of its Chair, this committee is responsible for planning most of LuMinHoS’s events. In consultation with the Board’s Resource Development Committee and the Board itself, the Events Committee dreams up dinners and other fundraisers, chooses venues and dates, arranges for catering, decorates the venue, and oversees ticket sales. (NB: This Committee is greatly in need of more people at present. If event planning appeals to you, we would love to have you join us!)
Rev. Allan Grundahl chairs this committee, which oversees the work of LuMinHoS’s hospital lay visitors.
The Communications committee helps out with all LuMinHoS’s external communications. In particular, it assists with The Caregiver and with promoting events.