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I guess I should clarify now that I’m back on track. Around the beginning of March my two bosses called all of the employees in (all 3 of us) and said that the business was doing shitty. They might have to shut down.
Then they had a private meeting with each of us.
My meeting consisted of me being told that because I was Admin, I was a luxury and didn’t bring any money in.
*Even though I billed all of the clients. And made sure the bills were paid. And rounded up slow-paying clients.*
So because I didn’t technically put in any “billable” time.
I either had to accept the offer of working one to two days a week (NOT POSSIBLE) or I had to find a new job.
So I found a new job.
And I guess I shouldn’t describe it as an animal shelter because technically we don’t have a shelter. But we work with animals and help people pay emergency vet bills and try to keep animals out of the circus, rodeo, etc. That’s probably all I ought to say about it because we all know what happened when I was too forthcoming with job info on my blog.
Now I work with 4 dogs, which is pretty nice. I get to take breaks to pet and walk dogs instead of writing invoices. I can get used to this! I even got to bring the pugs to work with me already. That ended up being a bit much as the dogs were on sensory overload from smelling so many smells from other dogs. Or maybe it’s because Winston peed on 5 things. Either way, I’m glad there’s a carpet cleaner here.

Doodz! I needz your helpz!

I am in a bit of a conundrum, and I think the views of the lovely people who read this blog can help.

My workplace is making calls to people who have donated in the past to see how they are doing and if they know about the changes we’ve made to this organization. Really we’re calling them to remind them that we exist, since our summer donations were pretty sad because everyone in North Vancouver seems to dissapear off the face of the earth in the summer. Anyhow, I find that most people like to hang up on someone when they are kind of doing a really *soft* ask for a donation. Not that we’re asking for a bazillion dollars, but there are a LOT of people on the north shore here, and if they all donated like a DOLLAR, that would be super.

Anyhow, since I am sure some of you have had calls like this (myself included), I am wondering what you think would be sort of a good way to tell someone about a nonprofit while making a really inconspicuous ask for money. I mean, yes, we’re asking for money, and not everyone will say yes, but do you think there’s a particularly nice, or polite way to ask for money, without saying, “hey, can you donate some money to us???” I kind of get stuck on this because I have received calls like this, but I am also on the other side of things where I see the real need of the people we’re trying to help. Basically if this organization goes away, we’re looking at around 8,000 people who are in desperate need and have nowhere to go for help.

Is there even an effective way to ask for money? I find it’s much easier to ask for money for organizations involving animals, because people will readily donate to causes to save animals, and tend not to give to causes that will save people. I think this is because animals are more helpless in that they can’t actually ask for help, and people can. People also abuse the system, which makes people aprehensive to donate.

Yes, we have measures in place to kick people off our system who are just abusing our resources, but you aren’t donating to them. You are donating to people who are in need. Families who have nowhere to turn and have run out of the resources to function. Imagine if you didn’t have the money to buy your dogs the food they need because you ran into unexpected costs like hospital emergencies or emergency repairs to your home. You realize that you’re pretty close to having no money left, but if you could just get to that next paycheque, you’d be okay. Or maybe you are suffering from an addiction but you are getting help, and you want to go out and get a job, but you don’t have a printer to print off a resume. Maybe you don’t have something to wear other than the clothing on your back because you are spending all of your money on food to live. These are the people we are helping.

Is there really a way that is even effective to ask people over the phone to consider donating???

Sometimes I am dissapointed in society.

I think I finally know why I find my position so frustrating. I was reading a blog that was written by a local news anchor who stayed in our shelter last night, and I was reflecting on the stories she wrote about the women she had encountered since last night. At one point she was talking to a woman who was unsure of her future.

“what will you do after this?” she asked

“I don’t know, I’ll probably go back to my partner.”

Then it discussed the anchor’s pure shock that a woman would go back to an abusive partner.

I read back a few posts, and read about how the room she stayed in was so small, and she can’t imagine women having to live in such a small space for a whole year.

That’s the reality of it though. This is the truth that no one wants to look at.

Did you know that every minute of every day a Canadian woman or child is being sexually assaulted? In fact, the province I live in is actually the highest in Canada for domestic violence. This is the disgusting truth.

Then I thought about why I get so frustrated when I am at work sometimes. As I read on, deeper into this anchor’s blog I realized that in all reality, my job shouldn’t even have to exist at all.

If only I could stand up and shout, “Do you want to know why you should donate to our organization? BECAUSE YOU ARE A PART OF SOCIETY.” We shouldn’t have to use what little money we have to lure people into giving us money to help women and children who are being abused. You know why you should give money to help stop the cycle of violence? Because it is a human rights violation. What if it were you? What if you woke up every morning with bruises all over your body because your partner had beaten the crap out of you in front of your children the night before? What if you had to wear makeup on your body to hide the bruises that his or her hands left behind? What if it was your mother, sister, niece, or aunt? No, it’s not nice to think about, but it’s happening. It’s happening everywhere and to people you wouldn’t even expect. It might even be happening to you right now.

I think this is mostly a problem with large companies. We have to basically be the sexiest cause, or the coolest cause of the moment to gain attention. And it’s this fact that makes me so disappointed in modern society. There are literally SO many problems in the world, that it’s making charities offloaded from the GOVERNMENT fight to the bitter end to try and win the hearts and minds of anyone they can for support. When I think about how many causes there are it really just makes me sick.

Why should a woman have to deal with the abuse her partner dishes out? Because there’s not enough information out there or funds to be able to help everyone. And for that, I am so sorry.

Why should animals have to be abused and left for dead by their owners? Because there is not enough information or funds available to help all the animals.

If you can help any organization of your choice, I urge you to do so. I urge you to give what you can to a cause you believe in, and do it not for the recognition. Do it because it is that cause that you would like to help out. Don’t restrict the funds. The biggest gift you can give a nonprofit organization is the gift of unrestricted funding. Funds to help buy a comb for a woman who comes into a shelter with nothing but what she’s wearing. Funds to help save one of the many hundreds of animals that we are killing every day around the world. Funds to pick up something fresh for the hungry other than just non-perishable food items.

I know not everyone can afford to give to charity. If you are though, don’t wait for someone to knock on your door, please just lead the way yourself. You have no idea how much it would mean.


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