Providing a quality soccer experience to all Napa Valley Youth is no small task. Incredibly, our soccer program has nearly doubled in the last three years. In 2016 we expect almost 2,000 kids to be registered at Napa United. Who handles this workload? Volunteers. Napa United is Napa Valley's largest youth sports organization and while many things have changed since we first started in 1978, we can only do what we do with the help of volunteers. Here's a brief bio of some the volunteers we need:
The First-Time Coach
Filled with dread before the season begins. "I've never played soccer, how could I ever help? It's not like I don't care, it's just I don't want to look foolish." There are too many of these examples of parents out there who want to coach but think it's reserved for former Varsity Captains and Adult-League Superstars. The reality is most of our coaches are everyday parents that took the leap of faith to help out. What they find out is that Napa United helps every coach from moment they sign up. They receive lesson plans, coaching clinics from professional coaches, and constant support from the league. It's a process of nearly 40 years in the making, so we've got it down pretty well. At the end of the season, the coach has an end-of-year party, awarding all the players, and receiving many thanks from parents. The first-time coach looks back on it all and sort of wishes it never ended.
The Sponsorship Volunteer
The networking parent who knows that with a few phone calls can score a sponsorship. "I could totally get a few companies to donate money if only there was something to offer." This volunteer understands the power of corporate benevolence and how a few donations can make a significant difference to Napa United. The reality is sponsorships (monetary donations) provide supplemental revenue to help the league keep its assets up-to-date and registration fees lower. For 2016 we are updating our corporate sponsorship package to offer a great return on investment for businesses that donate. A team of volunteers that can spend a couple hours networking with other businesses can make all the difference.
A fast worker with terrific organizations skills who never volunteered is like high-speed internet access thumbing its nose at a desktop using dial-up. And when nearly 2,000 contacts need to be uploaded, just like a fast network, the need for volunteers is at its greatest. If you have the ability to sit down for a few hours to help input names, organize paperwork, or double-check for errors then we could really use your help. Registration volunteers truly are the brick and mortar to our organization and the more efficient our registration process runs translates to a happier experience for our players, parents, and coaches.
These are just three examples of dozens of opportunities to help out our organization. If you have the interest in volunteering at any level, please let us know what you can do and we'll connect you to the right opportunity.
Contact Peter Weber for more information, firstname.lastname@example.org.