Announcement: Mailroom changesPosted by Operation Write Home on Sep 9, 2013 in Homefront Blog, Stars and Stamps | 54 comments
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Hello! It’s Sandy here with some news about OWH.
It is with sadness — and yet utter gratitude! — that we bid a fond farewell to our supercalifragilisticexpialidocious shipper, Kris! She’s been with us for five years, serving you the cardmakers…our heroes….and me, too! Kris has been a shining example of what selfless dedication is, and she has inspired me on many long nights of sorting and packing, when I wanted to give up. I knew she wasn’t slacking – and that gave me the ability to keep going, too! Thank you Kris!
Please watch the video announcement in today’s segment of OWHtv:
I know some of you are going to have instant questions, so please read this before you ask:
- No new shippers are needed at this time. I get many requests all year long from folks who want to be a shipper. However, at this stage of the organization, we’ll be instead consolidating shipping in one location. That may be more work in one location (supported by our team of volunteers), but it also means better stewardship of your financial and card donations. We’ll be more nimble and responsive as all our assets are in one place, and documenting our financial and reporting records will be streamlined. It would also be impossible to train up someone this quickly in the midst of the busy holiday season – so it makes the most sense to consolidate operations in Washington.
NOTE: If we decide we ever need another shipper, we’ll announce it and allow an application process; requirements will be proven ongoing dedication to the cause and an understanding how to create and ship great cards, so get busy sending in perfectly packed boxes as your “resumé” in case that day ever arrives!
- Yes, shipping may be more expensive for SMALL packages. We do understand that some folks may no longer be able to participate if their shipping increases, and we are full of ideas to help you: I recommend trying out flat rate shipping (as I do for all locations of course)! Those are FREE boxes and envelopes from the post office, and they travel any domestic distance for one rate. We get MANY tiny packages that cost everyone well more than they need to because they use their own packaging; if you can plan ahead and fill a flat rate package before a holiday, that’ll save YOU money. As well, combining many small shipments into one large one saves OWH additional data entry as we log in so many packages.
The address is always on the Mailroom page; the needs list there will be updated as I see what’s coming in from the nation. In general, anything goes for a while til I get a sense of the flow. Remember to check the list of Undesired Themes HERE.
YOUR COMMENTS: Please leave them in comments on this blog post, on YouTube, or on our Facebook page.
PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL COMMENTS: I’d appreciate NOT emailing questions/comments about this to me, as I am in the midst of some big and exciting things for OWH, and would like to keep the inbox clear for those important emails. Know that I do read comments on all our social media and will address the major questions on Friday’s video; our board members and blog team are also going to help watch comments and answer any urgent needs as well. Thanks so much for understanding!