“I think it is so important to volunteer with organizations that represent you, so that your voice can be heard and that you are part of making an impact at a higher level. Through my volunteer experience with the National WIC Association, I’ve been able to work with WIC staff from across the nation, and it is so valuable to learn from them as well as for them to learn from me. Even though we all work for the same program, we come with different perspectives and experiences that when shared can help make a stronger association and program, ultimately impacting the families that we serve. Giving of your time is not always easy, but it is truly rewarding to know that you’re a part of something bigger than you that is working towards the overall goal of healthier mothers, children, and families.” - Kim Hinnenkamp, Former NWA Board Member
Join a committee or a task force to share your WIC voice!
Top Ten Reasons to Volunteer on a Committee or Task Force with NWA:
Committee and Task Force FAQs:
*Exceptions are made in special circumstances.
Current Volunteer Opportunities:
Breastfeeding Promotion Committee
The Breastfeeding Promotion Committee works to develop recommendations and standards for the promotion and support of breastfeeding among mothers participating in the WIC Program. This Committee also works to encourage the active promotion of breastfeeding by NWA members.
The Bylaws Committee periodically reviews the bylaws and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors as needed for revisions or clarifications. This Committee also reviews proposed operating policies developed by affiliate Sections.
The Evaluation Committee represents NWA's interests in research and evaluation of the WIC Program, especially those efforts of USDA/FNS and USDA/ERS.
WIC Hub Committee
This committee has two primary functions: creating strategic plans for developing and improving the user experience of www.theWIChub.org (the Hub), and reviewing content submitted to the Hub for publication.
Environmental Quality & WIC Task Force
The Task Force will examine WIC’s role in addressing environmental factors that could impact the health or safety of WIC participants. The Task Force will consider the effects of toxins and contaminants in the water and food supply chain, as well as broader environmental impacts on community health. The Task Force will develop recommendations and draft position statements for Board approval.
Farmers Market Programs Task Force
The Task Force examines WIC’s relationships with the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) and develop recommendations on opportunities to streamline programmatic efficiency and benefits delivery.
Infant Mortality in WIC
This task force examines available research regarding WIC participation and infant mortality to identify best practices for addressing the issue while analyzing methods to reduce the incidence of infant mortality in WIC.
Maternal Mortality in WIC Task Force
This task force will examine available research regarding WIC participation and maternal mortality to identify best practices for addressing the issue while analyzing methods to reduce the incidence of maternal mortality in WIC.
Task Force on the Inclusion of Dads in the WIC Experience
The task force will assist state and local WIC agencies in the inclusion of dads in WIC. The task force will offer and showcase best practices and steps agencies can take to implement inclusion of dads and others e.g. care givers, grandparents, partners, same gender couples.
Risk Identification and Selection Collaborative (RISC) Work Group (Joint USDA/NEW Work Group)
RISC is a partnership between USDA/FNS and NWA to promote ongoing review and development of appropriate nutrition risk criteria for consistent application in the WIC program.
"I support and volunteer with NWA because it is a wonderful organization that continues to give and serve those in need. The wealth of resources NWA provides are amazing and the staff is the most professional knowledgeable TEAM I have ever seen." - Berry Kelly, NWA Board Chair-Elect
“Some of the reasons why I volunteer for NWA are: working with folks from across the country who love WIC as much as I do, helping out the organization that helps us to provide amazing services to our participants, and the great friends I’ve made while volunteering!” - Melinda Morris, NWA Board Treasurer
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