We made a second call for community volunteers a few weeks ago, and I’m excited to say that we’ve got another group of wonderful people joining the team of deputies!
Our goal is to bring in new rounds of volunteers on a monthly basis, so if you’re interested but busy until a couple months from now (or until the new year), don’t despair! Our doors will remain open to helpers.
Donated by employers:
- Hugh Lashbrooke will be contributing 8 hours a week courtesy of Automattic.
- AJ Morris will be contributing 4 hours a week as part of his job at LiquidWeb.
Committing their personal time:
- Thomas Bruehl will contribute 2 hours a week.
- Guga Alves will contribute 1 hour a week.
- Kathy Drewien will contribute 1 hour a week.
- Andrew Wikel will contribute 1-2 hours a week.
- David Bisset will contribute 1-2 hours a week.
Additionally we have some experienced WordCamp organizers who have been quietly mentoring other WordCamps that I’d like to both acknowledge (and make sure they have all the access to things that other deputies have):
- Richard Archambault is currently mentoring WordCamp Mexico.
- Eric Hitter is currently mentoring WordCamp Austin.
- Jeffrey Zinn is currently mentoring WordCamps Vegas, Sacramento, and Boston (2016).
What’s the next step?
- send all new volunteers the Deputy Agreement
- add all new volunteers to central.wordcamp.org, support.wordcamp.org, Polldaddy, and this blog as authors
- add all new volunteers to the all the Google docs that deputies can access
- add all new volunteers to the Deputy Training spreadsheet so we can start tracking their training
- assign each new volunteer a training buddy. If you feel you are comfortable enough with triaging tickets and sending swag to walk someone through the documentation on those tasks, show them how you do it, and then watch them complete those tasks, you are qualified to train! Please let me know if you are willing to buddy up with a new volunteer, and/or I’ll start reaching out to practicing deputies to connect them with new folks.
- schedule some orientations for new volunteers as well as quick training sessions on triage, swag, and vetting applicants for late next week.
We’re so grateful for our longtime volunteers as well as our new ones! It’s great to work with each and every one of you to make the WordPress community a friendly, inclusive, and vibrant group.