Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A day in the life of a nonprofit worker

1. What is your name, organization and job title (you don't have to give your name/organization if you don't want to- it can be anonymous)
Victoria King, Holly's Place Animal Rescue, President

2. What is the first thing you do when you get in the office?
Go through massive amounts of rescue emails. Then, it depends on the day - whether I need to work on a newsletter, an e-newsletter, our database, or just do animal-care.

3. How do you spend your lunch break?
Going through more rescue emails.

4. Which part of your work do you enjoy most?
The hands-on part with the animals.

5. Please finish this sentence: If someone wanted my job, they would have to…..
Give up having much of a life outside of rescue.

6. What advice or tips do you have for other nonprofit professionals in your position?
Develop alliances with other humane and rescue organizations, and friendships with individuals in the same position as you if you can. Our kind of work has a high burn-out rate, and compassion fatigue is a problem as well. One of the best ways to combat that is to have people who see the same things you do, and understand that kind of stress, to talk to on a regular basis.

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