Enthusiasm and Good Intentions  

TeddyBaral 53M
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7/11/2006 7:15 pm

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7/12/2006 7:35 pm

Enthusiasm and Good Intentions

I donate a lot of time and energy to a volunteer organization in my area. This is the kind of organization that has a tax free number for making purchases as well as a charitable donation number for tax receipts.

Over the time I have been with them I have managed to "earn" a bit more responsibility from the Directors and I'm to the point where they allow me to send out correspondence, supervise the other volunteers and solicit donations. Its not responsibility I have asked for, just responsibility I have been entrusted with by the organizations Director.

I've got one volunteer who is really pumped about helping out and has done some great work but now she wants to send out letters requesting donations. She's done it a bit already without me knowing and the only reason I found out was that someone asked her if they would be able to get a tax receipt. She asked me and that's how I found out.

I had to tell her today that the only person who can send out letters requesting donations is the Director and/or myself (with her blessing). I tried to be diplomatic and gentle about it when I told her this and at first she got a bit upset but eventually she saw the reasoning behind the policy and everything is good.

Thank God for volunteers but my gosh, it is SOooo hard to be diplomatic and firm with someone while not dampening their enthusiasm and their drive to help out.

florallei 99F

7/12/2006 6:24 pm


I am glad your diplomacy worked and softened her reaction...Yes these volunteers do great work but proper procedures must be set in place for it is the Director's ass who is ultimately responsible...as they say when shit hits the fan...they go to the forefront even if the junior or other employees or volunteers did the damage...It's their head on the platter and now that she has given you that task...you must enforce it and still be tactful and diplomatic...ain't life and responsibility grand... You're a good guy in my book.
flo BTW how's the daughter?

TeddyBaral 53M

7/12/2006 7:35 pm

Doing very well thanks. The youngest survived her sleep over, and so did I. The oldest is having her knee heal nicely after dislocating it a few weeks back. I wouldn't trade them for the world but sometimes I really miss the peace and quiet that was my life before kids. lol Oh well, they have to move out someday and then eventually I can get even with the grandkids. hehe

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