In the past few days I’ve been enjoying an “embarrassment of riches.” Volunteers for F.E.A.S.T’s event on March 17 are busy coordinating the care and feeding of our guests. A volunteer maintaining our global calendar of ED events. Our Board of Directors and Advisors, all volunteers, signing up for shifts at our exhibitor table at ICED. The moderators of our popular online forums. I have folks checking in with me on many projects: it’s amazing. It’s also largely invisible to anyone but the one I’m talking with on that project. I’m at the control panel of a gorgeous mosaic of generosity.
Yet yesterday, in a conversation with leaders of another prominent nonprofit, I mentioned the “pre-contemplation” phase (a Motivational Interviewing term… we are so psych-oriented) of volunteering. I’ve noticed that parents and other volunteers don’t always feel confident at first raising their hand to offer to help. That something about the topic and community around eating disorders can make even eager advocates less confident, less empowered, more cautious.
I said this today to a new volunteer, and realized how much it says about our dynamic, grassroots movement:
With this sort of fast-moving, many-location virtual office, it is often a matter of each person identifying where they want to jump in, and what their limits are. So please always jump in to offer your time and talents where you see a fit, and also make sure not to get too much on your plate: no one can see when someone else is available or overwhelmed!