For some reason, for the longest time there wasn’t an easy way for people who aren’t program hosts or board members to get involved when there’s something needing or wanting doing. There wasn’t an easy way to communicate. What a ridiculous oversight. To address that deficit, we set up a closed email group to support willing workers for WOOL-FM, our volunteer-run and member-owned community radio station.
It’s opt-in for the motivated: anyone who wants to be part of an engaged core community that lends a hand with various things every now and then. There isn’t a specific mission for this group. Sometimes it’s about making light work with many hands. Sometimes it’s about tapping the hive mind. Sometimes it’s about what we make it about.
To join, go to WOOL-SSDS Google Group and click the “Subscribe to this group” link. Follow the directions. Then you’ll get an email from googlegroups.com and you’ll have to click the “Join This Group” button in that email. All membership requests require manual approval (in the hope of keeping out spammers and address harvesters; we like and respect you people a lot, and we want you to feel the same about us).
Optionally, just shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add you directly.
“Somebody Should Do Something” (SSDS) is a running gag among the cadre of folks who consistently put shoulder to grindstone to keep the wheels on at WOOL. Most small nonprofits, especially all-volunteer ones, have some variation of that in-joke. It’s about people who pop up just long enough to say “somebody should [insert great idea here]…” and then disappear. Not to dissuade anybody from sharing! Brilliant thoughts and ideas are always welcome, of course — but there’s only so much of Other People’s time and muscle.
That said, we can totally brainstorm in this playground. It’s not an anything-goes frenzy machine, though: WOOL’s Board of Directors are our annually elected Keepers of the Big Picture, and they always have final say. We can pitch them a well-formed idea, and get their yea or nay during one of their monthly meetings; if we get the nod, go ahead and create a fully-formed plan, and get that thumbed-up or -down during another of their monthly meetings; if it’s greenlit, then start making it happen, with the board’s oversight. (What might seem like an interminable and heavy-handed process is actually hard won wisdom. Slow, steady, deliberately thorough consideration wins the race every time. And it’s way less crazy-making for the clean-up crew, who are also volunteers.)