System Plays Matchmaker
for Volunteers, Opportunities
ou probably know that volunteers
are the lifeblood of PMI. Volun-
teering is not only beneficial to
the Institute and the profession, but to
the volunteer as well. Donating your
time can provide you with leadership
opportunities that might not come in
the workplace, valuable networking and
collaborating experiences, as well as
personal growth and professional devel-
opment units (PDUs) toward maintain-
ing your credential(s).
A Quick Process
Tony Van Krieken, PMP, community
manager, PMI International Development Community of Practice, said the
VRMS “has proven to be helpful for the
selection of the Community Involvement Lead. A number of people applied.
I prepared the package (application
forms filled out by the candidates and
their résumés) from the VRMS for use
by the selection committee.
PMI has launched a new tool to help
match volunteers with opportunities—
the Volunteer Relationship Management
System (VRMS)—which has made great
strides in popularity in the few months
since its release. VRMS makes it easy
for you, the potential volunteer, to find
that ideal task. It also is making life much
easier for community leaders and others
seeking volunteers to fill vacant posts.
In the first two months alone,
approximately 120 volunteer
opportunities on the global and
local level were posted in the VRMS,
generating over 600 applications. More
than 100 communities (chapters and
communities of practice) expressed an
interest in using the VRMS to support
their volunteer recruitment activities.
Of these, 49 chapters went through
training and were granted coordinator
access. Eighteen posted opportunities
for volunteer roles in their local area.
“I found the process to be very quick
compared to the previous manual
system. Once the selection committee
has selected the candidates for review,
I will trigger the VRMS to generate
the appropriate [notes] such as thank
you emails and an email to notify
the selected candidate for [his or her]
acceptance of the position. A volunteer
coordinator will take over to post future
positions and prepare appropriate
packages for the community council
and support leads.”
Mr. Van Krieken sees the VRMS as being
particularly useful for PMI communities
of practice to find volunteers willing to
donate their knowledge and expertise.
“Given that we’re a growing chapter,
the ability to quickly identify whether
an applicant is a chapter member or not
is highly useful,” continued Mr. Alcalá.
“Another feature we appreciate is that
we need to provide comprehensive
information on volunteer opportunities
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VRMS Benefits for Volunteers
PMI’s Volunteer Programs and Services
staff continues to provide training and
grant access to volunteer coordinators
around the world. Early feedback from
community leaders has shown the
VRMS is a user-friendly tool that is
beneficial for both individual members
seeking volunteer opportunities
and leaders recruiting volunteers in
Are you looking to volunteer? Take advantage of the VRMS to find your ideal
opportunity, whether it be local or global.
Go to www.PMI.org/Get-Involved.aspx, then, using your PMI.org login, access
the VRMS link.
You will find a searchable, centralized and integrated volunteer database
containing current and prospective volunteer opportunities. These opportunities
can be filtered by your interests and experience level.
Additionally, you can create a volunteer profile and maintain your service
history in one easy place, making it easy to apply for subsequent positions.
The system is simple to use, but if you have questions, click the VRMS Guide
link—available at the top right of each page—to view an online user guide.
Context-sensitive online help tips display on VRMS pages to help answer your
questions when using the system. A VRMS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
guide is also available.
Additional volunteer training information is available in a webinar at