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Volunteer coordinator: What I do and how much I make

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hello my name is Ashley I am 30 years old I work for city team which is a non-profit here in the bay i make forty three thousand five hundred dollars a year as a volunteer coordinator slash administrative assistant city team is a nonprofit christian organization we are a drug and recovery program it's similar to the alcohol Anonymous program where it's 12 steps and within those 12 steps what we try to do is help them understand what their reasons are for using the drugs and also ways to equip them to not use drugs as well we also incorporate applying Scripture to their lives in order to live it out so a list of some of the responsibilities in my role include processing and tracking donations creating different opportunities for people to volunteer building partnerships with some of the different single room occupancy housings in the area our main project for City team or Saturday clinics we have a group of people the max we can hold are about 50 people and we'll have them split up bring in a hundred to 120 bags of food we call them bags of love then our men in our program they take them down to the single room occupancy that I was talking about earlier what they do is they'll go into the rooms knock on the doors hand people the lunches ask them if they need anything ask them if they would like prayer and then let them know about our lunches we have an all-you-can-eat lunch for the people any one on sixth Street in the area that comes in we also do foot washings we'll wash their feet provide them when a new pair of socks every Saturday and so that's something that we do for people as well and then you get the opportunity to get to know people and it's a very intimate and humbling experience and we've learned that people open up more because you're beneath them at that point they're up here and then you're kneeling at their feet and so they will still speak to you more another thing we're able to do is a clothing distribution which is we let them go downstairs and pick out about three items of clothing and if we have shoes or anything then you're allowed to pick that out as well and this is really funny people are very entertaining and you get so many dealers when they pick out clothing and just a joy and you get some amazing requests and it's it's amazing you'll get hugs and people love you for it so I make forty three thousand five hundred dollars annually we pay is on the lower end of the spectrum considering how others are doing in the area but that is expected for working at a non-profit but you get other benefits the mindset and skills that one would probably need to work for an organization like City team would be definitely a great multitasker great organizational skills just patient I'll need a lot of patience and kindness definitely have to be kind and show people kindness and be able to be open to expect anything for the day the day's could go up or down you never know so you have to be flexible for the type of work that I do you definitely have to see the bigger picture of things it's just important to to be able to look past whatever is happening some people may come in and be frustrated for the day and may take those frustrations out on you so you have to be able to not take it personal once you're there and to always show kindness and a good heart and to show people what love and friendship looks like when you work for an organization like this because people are hurting and the people that you're encountering are hurting people so you want to be that light and being able to show them what a healthy person looks like or what something looks like when it comes to love or kindness so the worst day on the job probably would be if someone comes in for for the lunch period and they're you're intoxicated or they're having a bad day or they haven't been able to afford their medication so they're either seeing things or they're drunk and they're causing problems with the other guests and kind of apathy bouncer break up a fight or something so that's kind of a rough day the days I come home and I feel like I did a great job all those are the days when I get a random hug off the street from like a homeless lady or something and they just like you don't understand what you do for me or your smile just like sup my day my favorite is when a student like a sixth grader from a school comes to volunteer and they just get it they are excited to do in my mind God's work that something activates inside of them and they're they just they're transformed they want to do it they have a hunger for it they go home and they continue to seek it out like they start volunteering with students or children or serving on the weekends with their families it becomes their mission to do whatever it is that they can do to save someone or to help someone and for me that that makes me understand this is why I'm doing what I'm doing and it brings me joy
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