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#29981 - 12/22/02 04:47 AM Structure
Roy Offline

Registered: 08/02/02
Posts: 184
Loc: Los Angeles
On two seperate occasions, I was in the position of managing and coordinating the activities of volunteers at non-profit social service providers. It was my responsibility to screen the volunteers for their suitability to the various positions and assign them as needed. It was important to match the volunteers with the activities that were to be carried out, taking into account the experience and ability of the volunteer. The volunteers were accountable to me, and I in turn was accountable to my supervisor. Some time and effort had gone into the process of developing structure and procedures so that the needs of the organization and its clients were met, taking into consideration the needs and safety of our volunteers.

Grass roots organizations such as this are utterly dependent on their volunteers who play a key role in its operation. Therefore it is vital that they are provided with the necessary training and support so they are well equipped to perform their duties. Given the inherent volatility of the subject matter discussed here at malesurvivor , the role of the volunteer moderators is crucial.

I am wondering if moderators for this site are being given adequate screening, training, and support. I wonder if the necessary structure is in place to help them do their job effectively and to protect them from harm. It appears that this organization has evolved from humble beginnings and is experiencing rapid growth. It is understandable that such structure may not have been developed yet, however, now is the time. I am eternally grateful to the moderators of malesurvivor for their contributions. Without them this valuable resource might not be available to the many who need it.

This may not be the ideal location for this post but I did not know where else to place it. This topic does affect all of us here, though, so maybe this is the perfect place to discuss this matter. Perhaps somebody else has had experience with volunteer coordination and organizational procedures that are relevant here. Thoughts and ideas are welcome, and hopefully will be reviewed by the appropriate parties.

#29982 - 12/22/02 07:07 AM Re: Structure
Thad Offline
Administrator Emeritus

Registered: 08/28/01
Posts: 1752
Loc: Oakland, CA
Thanks for your constructive post - I agree that support, training and guidelines are so important here. We are in the process of doing just that and can use all of the advice and suggestions from someone who has had some experience.

I'll look forward to hearing your ideas and the ideas of others for how to make it better.


"..this place isn't a discussion's a portal..." Lupin
"The truth will set you free, but first it will probably piss you off." dwf's AA sponsor.

#29983 - 12/22/02 02:58 PM Re: Structure
Ken Singer, LCSW Offline

Registered: 08/24/00
Posts: 5781
Loc: Lyons, CO USA
Richard wrote:
"Except for our wonderful Administrator, who works very part time, we are entirely volunteer."

Lest it sound like we have a paid officer, the person is Trisha, our ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT who does a fabulous job for little money. ;\)


Blissfully retired after 35 years treating sexual abuse

#29984 - 12/22/02 03:28 PM Re: Structure
michael Joseph Offline

Registered: 03/11/01
Posts: 2719
Loc: Virginia
Richard, thanks for your reply. I hope the men who come here understand better what we are about.

I am grateful for the conference and the retreats I attended in the last two years! Thanks.

Standing together is so much better than hiding in the dark.
***I am a three time WoR Retreat Alumni***
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#29985 - 12/22/02 06:00 PM Re: Structure
Richard Gartner, PhD Offline
Past President

Registered: 09/20/00
Posts: 404
Loc: New York, NY, USA
I moved my reply to a new thread, "Accountability, finances, safety, and other important issues."


#29986 - 12/22/02 11:20 PM Re: Structure
The Dean Offline
Moderator Emeritus
Registered: 07/15/02
Posts: 2080
Loc: Milwaukee, WI
It is good some of us have a couple of weeks of vacation coming up. We have a lot of work to do on these guidelines etc. It seems to me that we are getting a lot of ideas. Now I need to print them out because I can't figure out how to do an editing job on the computer--plus I liike to greatly enlare the type.

Life is never boring.

Moderators do get a lot of support. Many members are very kind in their remarks and the Administrative part of our team is really good at supporting us when times are difficult.

Thanks for your personal support Roy--you often make my day, and I love your wit. I envy it a bit too.


If we do not live what we believe, then we will begin to believe what we live.

#29987 - 12/23/02 12:32 AM Re: Structure
Lloydy Offline
Administrator Emeritus
Registered: 04/17/02
Posts: 7071
Loc: England Shropshire
thanks for that, and I hope I'm never too old or proud to learn or take advice.

I stopped learning in my early teens, and only started again about 6 years ago.
It's a steep curve sometimes, but suddenly I've begun to enjoy the challenges.


Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.
Henry David Thoreau

#29988 - 12/23/02 03:17 AM Re: Structure
Wuamei Offline

Registered: 08/19/02
Posts: 2700
Loc: The left turn I should have ta...
I want to agree with & affirm what Bob says. Our administrators have been terrific in supporting us & working with us. It's a pleasure to work with them.

I also want to say thank you to the many people who have posted or sent PMs of encouragement, support, and practical suggestions, both to myself, and to other moderators & our administrators.

Take care all


"I can't stand pain. It hurts me."
--Daffy Duck


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