Christopher Powers credits his connections within the YNPN and AmeriCorps Alums for helping him find his current role as Program Coordinator with the Financial Literacy Coalition of Central Texas. “I was looking for my first step into the nonprofit sector,” he said. “It was really exciting to see all of those circles help me get to that step.”
As the only paid employee of the nonprofit organization, Christopher works very closely with volunteers, partners, and the organization’s board members. His position affords him both independence and flexibility. “I love my work,” he said. “There’s a lot of challenge that I rise to each and every day -- my job is not boring.”
Christopher’s primary role is to work with partners and volunteers to schedule financial literacy classes at venues across Central Texas. A sample day during his springtime busy season might look like this:
9:00-10:30am: Check all accounts, including email, social media, and Google voice. Return voicemails and respond to emails.
10:30-11:30am: Check calendar and organize and prioritize for the day. Christopher relies on lists to keep him on track. “Once you write something down it becomes more real and you’re that much more likely to get it done,” he said.
11:30am-12:30pm: Begin contacting both active and potential partners and volunteers on his priorities list.
12:30-2pm: Take a long lunch to meet with a host partner or volunteer. Because Christopher works from home, he emphasizes the importance of in-person meetings to strengthen the connection with partners and volunteers.
2:00-4:00pm: Follow up with other requests from partners and volunteers. He might spend some time enrolling a new host partner by creating an MOU to outline expectations and scheduling class dates and times.
4:00-5:00pm: Finish phone calls, follow up on prior inquiries and class requests; answer emails.
Christopher’s advice to other nonprofit employees that work remotely is to remain in contact via in-person meetings. “If there is the opportunity to meet a volunteer in person to discuss their goals as a volunteer, invite them out for coffee or lunch,” he said. “The same with a host partner: you can plan a site visit, see what facilities are like, and where they are hosting classes and services. That’s a great way to stay involved despite having some distance.”
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