Dear Troop Leader/Youth Volunteer/Sports Coach,
I'm new to this group, what is expected of me? I would love to help out but you aren't very clear in what needs to be done. The jobs you are offering require huge commitments of time and I fear, experience, neither of which I possess. Isn't there something I can do that isn't so.... intense?
Your exuberant enthusiasm for this organization is not nearly as intoxicating and infectious as you had hoped. In fact, it's a little off-putting. I am glad to help, but I don't have the time to commit to four more evenings a month. Are you people meeting crazy or what?
Thank you for the invitation to be next year's cookie coordinator. Exactly what am I getting myself into? Oh there are extra meetings? and a special training? followed by more meetings? I would have appreciated knowing that up front. Maybe this is why you're not keeping parent volunteers around. And, uh, can you reign in Crazy Mary?
On a side note, it's great that you are encouraging responsibility in my kid, but can you PLEASE communicate with ME? Just give me a heads up as to what's coming down the pike. You want Junior here to show up to next week's parade? I need to know earlier than the night before. How about a calendar? A blurb on the internet? Oh, and uh, I'm divorced (new concept, I know) and the kid's father would appreciate some communication as well. He is not the devil, not a total uninvolved jackass like your ex and actually makes attempts to be involved. Send communications his way too, hell ask HIM to be the cookie-whatever-title! Thanks.
We, the parents, are just asking for a little communication. A parent packet would be nice with a calendar, expectations of my kid and of me, a list of volunteer opportunities, a contact list of the other parents... oh you don't have time to do this? I bet one of the parents could do it. Just ask.
Please remember what it was like to be new, unsure, overwhelmed and very lost.
23 hours ago