Saturday, October 2, 2010

Week 5

I found the Code of Ethics for the Wisconsin PTA organization.

A PTA Code of Ethics
Adapted from the Wisconsin PTA website, author unknown
• As a PTA volunteer, I realize that I am subject to a code of ethics similar to that which binds the professional in the field in which I work. Like them, I assume certain responsibilities and expect to account for what I do in terms of what I am expected to do:
•I will keep confidential matters confidential.
• I interpret "volunteer" to mean that I have agreed to work without compensation in money, but having been accepted as a worker, I expect to do my work according to standards, as the paid staff expect to do their work.
•I promise to take to my work an attitude of open‐mindedness; to be willing to be trained for it; to bring to it interest and attention.
• I realize that I may have assets that my co‐volunteers may not have and that I shall use these to enrich the project at which we are working together.
• I realize also that I may lack assets that my co‐volunteers have, but I will not let this make me feel inadequate but endeavor to assist in developing teamwork.
•I plan to find out how I can best serve the activity for which I have volunteered, and to offer as much as I am sure I can give, but no more.
• I realize that I must live up to my promise and therefore, will be careful that my agreement is so simple and clear that it cannot be misunderstood.
• I believe that my attitude toward volunteer work should be professional. I believe that I have an obligation to my work, to those who direct it, to my colleagues, to those whom it is done, and to the public.

I think that its a great idea to have a code of ethics for the PTA as there are some who join it just for the publicity and social factor. These volunteers need to realize that the schools really do need their help and if they are going to join, they will have to do the work that is needed to get done.

1 comment:

  1. I think it's interesting that this code of ethics makes a point that it is a volunteer's responsibility to find out how they can best serve and then do as much as they are sure they can do, "but no more." We've all worked/volunteered with people who say they can take care of a variety of things, and few of them get done. A code like this may be very useful at a library (or I'm also thinking of a museum) where there are many people involved in a vital volunteer group.