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Attention nonprofits -Beware of mild mannered volunteers with ulterior motives!!!

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Volunteers are  the life force behind a good nonprofit  outreach  community organization . Woman2Woman Empowerment is no exception. . We are presently seeking volunteers to fill several positions within our organization. As you know all non profits are always seeking volunteers. We always need bodies to help in all areas of the organization. The more hands the merrier is what I use to think. This experience might have changed that mindset for me.

We placed a listing on several sites for  volunteers for our program. Woman2Woman Empowerment  offers the community of Tuscaloosa Alabama  two program that primarily assist incarcerated and formerly incarcerated person  in making a smooth transition back into the community. When we interview individuals we are seeking a certain type of person who is comfortable working with ex-offenders and who believes in 2nd, 3rd and even 4th chances.

Our organization is not one of those that is so hung up on everyone having a title and an elaborate position. We are more interested in assisting our target population in reaching and obtaining their goals. I am the founder and Exec Director and I hardly ever introduce myself as such.   We try very hard to add people to our ranks that feel this way as well. We are not always successful. Sometimes one gets by us-for a minute anyway.

Non profits let me give you a word of warning

If your volunteer says:

  • I am not interested in a position and then sends an email about how easy it will be to create a position for them in your company -This might not be a good match.
  • While you and said volunteer are  at a meeting and before you got there they  told people about you and had to represent the organization ,but they never introduce you to the people they talked you up to at said meeting -This might not be a good match.
  • We need to discuss a some sort of position to compensate for the research, connections and information (1 week’s worth by the way) of work that I have done for the organization since I’ve been here) -This might not be a good match.
  • You would not have known about such and such if I had not told you about it. Even though its public knowledge in a public forum . This might not be a good match
  • If after one week they feel that they are irreplaceable -This definitely is not a good match.

Now don’t get me wrong. The majority of volunteers want to do just that, volunteer with the organization. They are happy to be a part of your service organization.  And to you, oh wonderful  sincere volunteer, I take my hat and coat off to you.  We love and welcome volunteers. Thank you so much for the extra pair of hands and feet and heart that you give to your community. You are not concerned with position or posturing . You are content to serve without a title or a check.

But there are a small constituency of persons who want to take over what you have spent blood sweat and years of tears  to build. They feel they can do a better job or they have better ideas or better ability and skills.  They are not content to just serve or be a leader within the ranks. They want to be CEO or Exec Director or Board Chairperson. They are coming for your position within the company.

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If you are trying to take over my position while I am still in it then you might need …….

And with all the tact that you can muster ,you have to convey to them that your position is not open at this time.  You have to remind them that the volunteer position they interviewed for is very important to the mission of the organization. And if they insist upon coming after your position with the subtleness of a rhino them you have to suggest to them that maybe ,just maybe this might not be a good match.!

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Celebrate International Pretty Brown Girl Day Feb 22nd 2014

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 Woman2Woman Empowerment is a proud to be a corporate sponsor of this wonderful event. We are helping to change YOUNG lives for the better. Look for a celebration of International Pretty Brown Girl Day  in your area and get involved and celebrate a pretty brown girl today.    Take the pledge at any age to love and respect yourself . Click the link below to download the pledge.

FSU Homecoming Court Raises More Than $3,000 for Charities – Frostburg State University

FSU Homecoming Court Raises More Than $3,000 for Charities – Frostburg State University.

We are thankful for support for our organization from across the US.  Woman2Woman Empowerment was birthed in Cumberland MD which is a neighboring city to Frostburg MD. This young lady Candyce Thomas decided to raise monies for Woman2Woman Empowerment as part of her platform for her run for Frostburg State University Homecoming Queen. SHE WON!!!!  Congrats and we wish her much success in everything she does. 

We are so thankful for her interest and support for  Woman2Woman Empowerment.

Meet America’s New Small-Business Owners: Ex-Cons | The Fiscal Times

Meet America’s New Small-Business Owners: Ex-Cons | The Fiscal Times

 

 

The Road To ReEntry Blog Post 1 – Getting Started

JOB SEARCH SUCCESS

If you’re reading this blog, chances are you are on the verge of making a major life change.  Rentering the job market after an absence can be terrifying.  And changing careers can seem impossible.

First let me tell you that you’re not alone.  There are a lot of us out there.  People primed to return to work, yet afraid of the unknown.

Over the past year, I’ve talked to a lot of men and women who are ready to work but not sure how to get back in the game.

I’ve talked to stay-at-home moms wanting to return to work, divorcees who suddenly found themselves fighting to survive, people who have been laid off,  people who have just received their green card and work visa and are not sure where to begin, and people who decided to change professions.

Like all of the people I’ve talked to, you’ve probably got…

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The Road To ReEntry Blog Post 2 – You’ve Done More Than You Think

JOB SEARCH SUCCESS

“Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso

When I first thought about getting back into the workplace, I felt overwhelmed.  Things had changed so much since I last worked in a company.  There were so many things I didn’t know.   So many people already in the workforce who seemed smarter and younger.

I spent hours spinning my wheels, trying figure out where to begin.  The internet was flooded with articles and books on the topic.  I probably could have spent months sifting through it all only to find myself more lost and overwhelmed than ever – and probably back where I had started.  What I wanted was clear direction.

Then I met someone who changed the way I thought.

A friend introduced me to a career coach who had successfully helped dozens of clients of all ages and backgrounds reenter the workforce.  It was definitely worth…

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