7. This project has to do with the involvement of sage leaders like yourself in civic organizations that seek to improve the quality of life and well-being of Grass Valley and Nevada City. This includes nine types of civic organizations:
- Fraternal and service clubs
- Social services organizations
- Educational organizations
- Governmental and political organizations
- Arts organizations
- Media organizations
- Faith-based organizations
- Environmental organizations
- Other nonprofit organizations
In which of the nine types of civic organizations on the list are you currently involved? Overall, how many total hours a month do you give to these organizations?
Through work I spend 180 to 240 hours per month in governmental organizations. While not currently allocating much time to these, I do have association with educational organizations (UC Davis alumni), and the Nevada City Fire Dept Auxiliary. I also sometimes provide guidance to staff in local non-profits such as Hospitality House.
8. What is the name of the one organization on the list in which you are most involved and committed?… Were you invited to become involved or did you approach the organization and volunteer your services? Are you paid or unpaid? On average, how many hours a month do you give to this organization?
Nevada County Health & Human Services Agency. I was recruited by the Director and am paid for my work. I spend 180 to 240 hours per month.
9. I’d like to learn more about your involvement in this organization by asking four questions:
First, describe the leadership role that you play within the organization.
I am the person in the County who understands the overall big picture of Health & Human Services finances. I also have a strong understanding of the rest of Nevada County finances. I have an insider knowledge-base about the politics affecting change in Nevada County.
Second, in what ways do you believe you have most helped the organization?
My key leadership role is to work with other staff to identify potential financial problems or opportunities and come up with recommendations on actions to take to address them. While I am not directly involved with programs, I am directly involved with the financing of the programs.
Third, as you think back over your involvement in the organization, what roadblocks have been most challenging?
One of the roadblocks that frequently arises is the concern that “finance is driving program decisions.” There is truth to this, especially in times of economic hardship. This is extremely challenging, as I also feel the frustration of being forced to reduce valuable services to our clients.Download Article 1K Club