Volunteer recruitment is fast-moving, and it’s one of the fastest growing parts of the job market in the U.S. A number of airports in Nashville and Vanderbilt have announced new volunteer opportunities, including those for airline workers and people who have worked in the airport for several years.
The new Volunteer Coordinator Program (VCP) will allow volunteers to apply to the jobs in both Nashville and the Vanderbilt cities.
“Volunteers are our future and they are our current challenge,” said Karen Cappuccio, director of corporate development at Vanderbilt Airport.
“We want to bring more people into our communities, we want to be able to serve more people in our communities and we want them to have the opportunity to work at the airport they love.”
The program is being developed by the U of N’s International Service Association, and will allow prospective volunteers to learn more about the job and apply for the positions.
“We have been looking for a way to get more volunteers into our airports and the VCP is the perfect tool to help us do that,” said David Schaller, executive director of the Vanderbilt Airport Association.
Volunteer recruitment at the new airports has been booming since 2013 when the airport added a new program for airlines that are looking for new volunteers.
At the time, the airport was struggling to recruit volunteers because of the low vacancy rate and the fact that the jobs were not necessarily open to everyone.
Now, with the program in place, the VCCP is hoping to attract more people to the airport, and that means more opportunities for new employees.
“Our goal is to have as many as possible who are willing to apply and help out the airport as much as possible,” said Schallor.
One of the new hires is an airline pilot.
Sue Johnson is currently the pilot in charge of the airport’s Airport Safety Center.
She said the pilot program is a way for her to get in front of people she knows personally.
“I am excited about the opportunities, and I am excited to be a part of it,” Johnson said.
Johnson said the program is geared toward people who are interested in volunteering, not just people who want to fly.
“I think it’s important to make sure that you are being a part for the long haul and to be proactive, and you’re willing to do what it takes to make a difference in your community,” Johnson added.
Johnson has been volunteering in the Nashville area since 2009, and has seen the potential to be an important part of the Volunteer Coordinator program.
“Voluntaryism is important in every part of our lives,” Johnson told ABC News.
“Volunteering is one of those things that we need to continue to do because the work is important and it can be transformative.”
The VCCS program is available online at the VAC website and at the Vanderbilt Office of Volunteer Services.
More information on Volunteer Coordinator Programs can be found at the Department of Transportation website.
You can also find more information on volunteer opportunities in the Department of the Interior and Department of the Interior and Related Agencies sites.
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