Organizational Baggage: Figurative and Literal
In taking over an all-volunteer organization, I was prepared for the figurative baggage that is inevitable with a long-established group. I was not, however, considering the LITERAL baggage! In retrospect, I probably should have asked: How much stuff I am going to get that will need to be stored?
I already knew about the flags and figured they’d have a joyful reunion with the banner I have been hosting for a year. I wasn’t expecting several boxes of records and papers, much of which is older than I am. It has been a hoot looking at the old pictures and reading old newsletters.
I’m sure it will all get along with the stuff from my other volunteer position…
So what I have learned from this that I can pass on to you?
- Be aware that volunteering may come with baggage – literally as well as figuratively.
- Big closets are your friend.
- Never turn down a free tote bag.
Have you ever found yourself hosting unexpected stuff for a volunteer job?