Monday, 2 June 2014

Volunteer Fatigue

My writing group has been skidding from crisis to crisis when it comes to making sure we have someone in our President role (which we need in order to maintain our Romance Writers of America affiliation).

The problem is that President is such a hefty job that doing it is impossible if someone also has a full time job, a young family or an involved writing career.  And one of the reasons it's such a hefty job is because of volunteer fatigue.

It is theoretically possible to delegate a great deal of the President's work but to do so, you have to have reliable volunteers.

Now, I'm a big believer in supporting organizations I belong to.  I actually won't join things if I know I don't have the time to participate as a volunteer.  I've spent the last 3 years on the Board for ORWA.  However, I've told them that I have to scale back on my time commitment for next year because with Alex's therapy ramping up again, my available time is going to start shrinking.  Either directly because of the therapy or because I'll need to work more to pay for it.

I'm not sure why we've had a challenge with keeping our volunteers and there has to be a better way to do it.

I'm a little sad to think the group might fold.  It's been going for 30 years at this point.  Every year, it's the same crisis over and over.  Who's going to be in charge?

The only answer I have is: not me.

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