If your organization is using Google Suite to collaborate, you will need a Google Account to be able to properly participate in online committees, meetings and other work not taking place in person. If you are a staff person, then you may have an organizational email already tied to your Google Suite and you don’t need this information. However, if you are a volunteer, you may need to create your own Google Account.
This article will walk you through creating a Google account without having to create a new email account with GMail. If you would like a GMail account as well, then you can go to https://gmail.com and go through that process with them.
To get an account with your own existing email address, go to https://myaccount.google.com and click on the discrete “Create a Google Account” link at the bottom of the page.
You will then be on a page similar to the page at right. You should fill in your name, but instead of creating a GMail address as it suggests, you should click the link that says “Use my current email address instead”. That will change the email field to be blank so that you can fill in your email and then choose a password (and confirm it in the next box).
When you choose “Next” an email will be sent to your email (check your spam folder). That email will contain a code that you need to enter on the next page before you can verify your account.
Once you have Verified the email, congratulations, you now have a Google Account and can properly join the shared drive for of your online group.