OTW Celebrates

International Volunteer Day 2018

Since 1985, December 5th has been designated International Volunteer Day by the United Nations. It’s a day to honour and celebrate volunteerism around the world. Everything the OTW does is made possible by the work of volunteers, and today we’re saying thank you.

The OTW currently has 711 volunteers across 18 different committees. They’re located all over the world, working countless unpaid hours to keep the OTW’s projects going. It’s thanks to volunteers that we have Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, Legal Advocacy, and more.

The work of volunteers is what makes the OTW’s mission–to provide access to and preserve the history of fanworks–feasible on our limited budget. To all our volunteers, whether brand new, or with us since the beginning eleven years ago, we are so grateful, and we couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you for making all of this possible.

Interesting in learning more about what volunteering for the OTW is like? Check our our Five Things an OTW Volunteer Said series!

OTW Celebrates

International Volunteer Managers Day 2018

The OTW invites you to join us in celebrating International Volunteer Managers Day on November 5th. All of the OTW projects you know and love are made possible by volunteers, but none of those volunteers could function without the Volunteers & Recruiting committee, who manage the roughly 700 OTW volunteer personnel. Just like every other OTW volunteer, the members of the Volunteers & Recruiting committee work without pay. Some of their responsibilities include:

  • providing training and volunteer service resources to the rest of the organization.
  • recruiting and managing incoming volunteers, handling exiting volunteers, handling all committee set ups as well as chair and staff turnover.
  • setting up tools for committees, subcommittees and workgroups, assisting with internship processes, mentoring volunteers in their work, and tracking the service of each and every volunteer throughout their time with the organization.
  • ensuring that every volunteer in the organization has the resources they need to complete their work efficiently and effectively.

If you have ever read fanfiction on AO3, gone searching for an obscure fact on Fanlore, or created a fanwork without being sued or served with a cease and desist letter, all of that was made possible by Volunteers & Recruiting. The OTW and its projects absolutely would not continue to function without their committee, so on behalf of everyone at the OTW, thank you to all their staff, past and present!

Organization for Transformative Works Membership Drive, October 11–15, 2018

Thank You for Your Support!

As our October fundraising drive comes to a close, we at the OTW are yet again blown away by your support and enthusiasm. We began the drive with the goal of raising $130,000.00, and thanks to you, we’ve beaten that goal. With 7823 donors from 93 countries, we raised a total of $193,068.87. Thank you!

Your donations make a difference. They allow us to continue our work with Open Doors, Legal Advocacy, Fanlore, Transformative Works and Cultures, and of course AO3. We can’t tell you how grateful we are. And don’t forget, even though the drive is over, you can still support the OTW. We accept donations year-round!