Get Involved

Your AAFCS membership is as powerful as you want it to be. Each day, our members make an impact on the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities. And as your professional association, we want to help you accomplish even more, both personally and professionally.

Your involvement is what makes AAFCS a leader in the FCS field. Go for it—get involved! Check out the opportunities, below:

Volunteer Opportunity Summary Time Commitment More Details and Sign Up Deadlines
Board of Directors The AAFCS Board of Directors acts as the legal representative of the Association, sets association policy, and provides leadership for and manages the affairs and funds of the Association. Please visit the members-only web portal to view the AAFCS Policies & Procedures Manual for a summary of individual Board roles, terms and responsibilities. Contact AAFCS at for nomination and election information. Contact
Affiliate Leadership AAFCS affiliates are the groundwork of the Association. Active leadership in your affiliate will ensure AAFCS remains a leader in the FCS field. Affiliates may have single year or multi-year terms, depending upon the office and affiliate. Visit the affiliate directory to contact your affiliate leader today and find out what the needs are in your state. Most affiliate offices begin June 1; contact your affiliate to verify procedures.
Committee Service Committees are vital to the Association; in cooperation with staff and the BOD, committees carry out specific functions as outlined in the AAFCS Policies manual. Committee members participate in conference calls, and meet at Annual Conference; attendance is encouraged at the Annual Conference immediately prior to beginning a term and at the Annual Conference during tenure on a committee.

Standing committees are listed below:

Awards & Recognition Committee
Finance Committee

Ad hoc committees may be formed as needed to complete a particular project.

Appointed by the president.
Student Unit The National Student Unit officer team promotes the professional development of members who are students of family and consumer sciences or related fields through regular communications on association programs geared to students, and planning Annual Conference activities and the annual Student Unit service project. Officer terms are one year in length. Monthly conference calls are typical. Officers shall attend and participate in the Annual Conference & Expo during the year of election and the year their office ends. Please visit the Students webpage to view the Student Unit handbook, which details available officer positions. Email the Student Unit chair or an advisor for more information. Officer applications are due Dec. 31.
Advocacy Work Our members are the FCS profession’s best advocates! Learn how to reach your administrators and view other opportunities like the “Taking It to the Streets” Campaign. Various. Please check the Advocacy section of the website for additional information. Advocacy website; also join the Community of Public Awareness and/or Community of Public Policy. Please check the Advocacy section of the website.
Journal Author/Reviewer Write an article for the JFCS or the FCSRJ or apply to review articles. Visit the journal pages in the Resources section of the website. Please check the journal pages in the Resources section of the website.
Award, Grant, Fellowship, Scholarship Juror Judge grant, fellowship, and scholarship applications and award nominations to help choose those who will be honored for their accomplishments. Judging usually takes place in February and March. Contact for more information or to sign up. Jurors are chosen by January of each year, but new volunteers are always welcome.
Educational Session Reviewer Review educational session proposals for the AAFCS Annual Conference. Reviews usually take place for four weeks in October and November. Contact for more information or to sign up. Reviewers are chosen by September of each year, but new volunteers are always welcome.
Member Communities Help connect FCS students and professionals to share knowledge, research, and experience. Regular participation in an AAFCS online community. Generate discussions, update content, etc. Visit Communities to learn more. Ongoing.