Just a few things . . .
by Lisa Brinkmann, Executive Director, Marin Villages
My article is going to be short this month, as I only have a few things to write - either that or a book.
First of all, a huge thank you to Colin Crawford, Tiburon Peninsula Village volunteer, who has lead the charge to transition our website to a new platform.
While it may not look too different, it is powered by underlying functionality which we hope to utilize to make our operation even more efficient. Thank you, also, to all the Local Village members who have helped troubleshoot the site.
It has its quirks, but everything online does. Check it out at marinvillages.org. You can help us improve and evolve the site by informing us of bugs, errors and omissions or any recommendations you have for improvement.
So why is this such a big deal? We are a very lean organization. We have been able to run with fewer than three employees for the past 2 months, while recording over 700 service requests for the month of August alone.
We continue to stay close to our fulfillment rate of 87-90%, even at this pace. In addition to this, we have hosted suppers, parties, hikes and speakers - all of which require some degree of administration and planning. And to top it off, we've been able to continue to welcome new members and volunteers.
How is this possible? With technology and a continued eye on improvement.
With our volunteers powering the organization, we have created videos for Birthday Blow Outs, partnered with Age-friendly cities and tweaked the way by which we request services. Of course, there is a lot of thought, energy and elbow grease added to the mix, but as someone said, "you don't get anywhere without some work involved."
We will be celebrating our volunteers on September 23 at the Jason's Community Room in Greenbrae from 3:00 - 5:00. We hope you can join us to thank all of the individuals who make "us" possible.
This Month's Village Activities