5 Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Five Things Frost the Fox Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today’s post is with Frost the Fox, who volunteers with the Volunteers & Recruiting Committee.

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

I am a volunteer for the Volunteers & Recruiting committee within the OTW. The OTW is a non-profit organization, relying fully on its volunteers to achieve its goals. Volunteers need to have access to the tools required for their position, as well as training and support for these tools as required. My work with Volunteers & Recruiting helps with exactly that — we setup our new volunteers with accounts on our organization wide tools and maintain the documentation regarding them in order to prevent confusion on how a particular tool functions, or how to do specific things within that tool.

In addition, whenever other committees require additional volunteers and request recruitment, we facilitate the setup of application forms on the OTW website and we manage the recruitment campaign throughout its duration. This includes organizing applications and sending them to committee chairs after the closing date. These activities help provide the infrastructure for the rest of the organization and is why I consider Volunteers & Recruiting one of the core pieces of how the OTW functions.

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OTW Recruitment banner by Erin

The OTW is Recruiting Translation Committee News Volunteers

Would you like to help translate OTW/AO3 news posts? The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting!

We’re excited to announce the opening of applications for:

  • Translation Committee News Volunteer – closing 17 April 2019 at 23:59 UTC

We have included more information on the role below. Open roles and applications will always be available at the volunteering page. If you don’t see a role that fits with your skills and interests now, keep an eye on the listings. We plan to put up new applications every few weeks, and we will also publicize new roles as they become available.

All applications generate a confirmation page and an auto-reply to your e-mail address. We encourage you to read the confirmation page and to whitelist our email address in your e-mail client. If you do not receive the auto-reply within 24 hours, please check your spam filters and then contact us.

If you have questions regarding volunteering for the OTW, check out our Volunteering FAQ.

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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!