[TheThinkTank] Transition to trusted volunteer

jeffspencer at harbornet.com jeffspencer at harbornet.com
Sat Dec 28 09:55:45 PST 2019



As a board member and a volunteer at a community bike shop, this is a very
interesting question.
Can various levels of volunteer status be
created, such that they are benefitted differently?  How would that
look?
Differing skillsets are needed, but I suspect that you are
talking about those dealing directly with bike stuff and bike people.
How do you make it attractive and supportive, yet weed out the greedy
self serving folks?  Where is that line?
hmmm.
jws



On Sat, December 28, 2019 12:05 am, Dennis Wollersheim
wrote:
> Thanks for that Gordon. Sounds solid. Can you post the
conflict of
> interest
> policy?
>
>
Thanks
> Dennis
>
> On Sat, Dec 28, 2019, 6:02 PM
Gordon Hamachi <gordon.hamachi at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> Dennis:
>>
>> I am with the
Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange. We have an explicit
>>
conflict of interest policy designed to prevent volunteers at any level
>> from profiting from their volunteer activities. Removing the
incentive
>> of
>> personal financial gain helps to
see that volunteers are taking more
>> responsibility for the
right reasons.
>>
>> Our shop leadership is mostly
self-selected volunteers who show up at
>> our
>>
steering committee meetings that happen every other month.
From
this
>> additional time commitment and willingness to take
action items it
>> quickly
>> becomes evident who is
a committed and trusted volunteer.
>>
>> Responsible
leaders are developed, not born. You should be taking steps
>>
to
>> meet and get to know the volunteers to decide which ones
you trust.
>> Remember their names. Make them feel welcome,
continually remind them of
>> your shop’s goals and
organizing principles. Invite them to
>> incrementally
>> assume more responsibility.
>>
>> I got
drawn into a leadership role at my shop when I observed how hard
>> our
>> leader was working, and asked if there was
something I could do to help
>> share the burden.
>>
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