Chapter 7: Knowing How to Support and Maintain Your Technology Solution|
Volunteers can provide valuable services to organizations if they have relevant experience and are willing to work within the organization's plans.
When should you use volunteers?
Since the E-Rate program enables schools and districts to "wire" buildings at greatly reduced cost to the organization, reliance upon volunteer efforts to wire schools may have become less necessary than it once was. Nonetheless, and regardless of who performs the task, all work must adhere to relevant building codes. Additionally, non-trivial issues such as asbestos and lead paint must also be considered. Thus, while it may be difficult to say "no" to the American traditional of barn raising, onsite work can be a very difficult issue that could even create physical danger to students, volunteers, and others. It must be handled with considerable forethought.
Before you make arrangements for any volunteer to work, check with your organization's insurance provider and any other supervisory group (e.g., the school district office) to determine whether there are limitations to what a volunteer can be allowed to do.
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