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We Want You to Get Involved!

AWHONN’s initiatives rely heavily upon volunteers and we cannot succeed without them. We know your time is important and your participation is appreciated. There are often opportunities available for members to get involved at the Section (state) and Chapter (local) levels. Some opportunities are short-term and some are long-term leadership positions that help develop the strategic direction of AWHONN and the profession.


Giving back to the profession through volunteerism can be extremely rewarding and helps to develop skills and relationships that can be beneficial throughout your career. Other benefits include:

  • Strengthen your leadership skills as you share experiences, challenges and successes with new professional contacts, mentors and friends
  • Develop relationships with other nursing professionals who share your commitment to your community
  • Meet local nursing associates at your chapter meetings and events
  • Volunteer for leadership opportunities locally
  • Be recognized as a leader in the community


Contact us for possible volunteer opportunities. Getting involved at the local level is one of the best ways to get more out of your membership, to learn more about AWHONN and help advance its mission. 

Volunteerism at the State and Local Level

Each Section is overseen by an elected Section Chair and Section Secretary Treasurer and supported by Section and Chapter appointed leaders who assist in the running of the Section at the state and local level.

The functions of a Section include:

  • Support implementation of AWHONN’s strategic plan;
  • Perform core program and fiscal functions as defined by the Board of Directors;
  • Monitor, report on, and participate in appropriate legislative and regulatory activity at the state level (in the case of domestic Sections) or the national level (in the case of international Sections, e.g., Canada);
  • Develop plans for providing continuing education based on member needs and the AWHONN strategic plan;
  • Assist Chapters in the Section perform core functions by supporting and facilitating the program and membership development activities of the Chapter;
  • Provide direction, guidance, and support in the development of new Chapters;
  • Provide opportunities for leadership development and plan for leadership succession; and
  • Ensure compliance with AWHONN requirements and policies.

Chapters may be established according to geographic area. Chapters may be formed by the Section Coordinating Team or upon written request of 10 voting members of the Section. Each Chapter shall function under the jurisdiction of the Section which established it.

The functions of a Chapter include:

  • Support implementation of AWHONN’s strategic plan;
  • Perform core program and fiscal functions as defined by the Board of Directors;
  • Be responsible for leadership development and succession planning;
  • Develop annual operating budgets and submit them to the Section; and
  • Ensure compliance with AWHONN requirements and policies.

If you are interested in forming a Chapter, reach out to our Section Chair. AWHONN’s Bylaws provide a more in-depth overview of the structure and governance of Sections and Chapters.

Being a part of the AWHONN family allows you access to build, contribute, and actively participate in meetings, conferences, and appointments for chapters/sections or national committees. If you are interested in becoming more involved at the Section level, let us know.

Volunteer Today

Let us know how you'd like to be involved. We've got openings on our Conference Committee and various Chapter Leader positions. Or we can create a role that utilizes your special skills. Just let us know what you'd like to do, and we'll see how we can add you to the team!


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