Alano has never positioned the organization to accommodate general community service. Community Service, in this sense, is service to a not-for-profit to fulfill some obligation – like education or terms of probation. We have, on rare occasion, offered Community Service opportunities for individuals in specific circumstances. Those circumstances are judged on a case by case basis.
At present there is a person performing eighty hours of community service. She will be around for the next month or so. The circumstance was that she needed the service hours for a traffic violation and we had specific projects in which she is uniquely qualified. These projects are negotiated by both the President of Alano and the Property Manager.
We are not on the list of Community Service providers at Missouri Probation and Parole or on the list at the St. Joseph School District. There are several reasons:
- We do not have organized on-going projects that we can easily plug someone into on a Saturday morning – or any other time.
- We do not have a contact phone number for those organizations to reach us and schedule workers.
- We do not have a property supervisor on duty to manage and regulate the hours or the work.
We do have several volunteers working in the building who are not obligated to any community service – they work in order to serve others. One lady in particular has taken on the kitchen as her challenge. She has done a deep cleaning and has hung new curtains. She supplied the curtains.
Spring is upon us. There is work to be done on the landscape. There are weeds to pull and flowers to transplant. These jobs are not suited to outsiders doing Community Service. The kitchen lady has adopted a section of the landscaping by the fence. She will be working at her leisure to keep her area pleasing to the eye.
One of the 401 Group members has volunteered to cut the grass until we can install a new Caretaker. This is no small thing – we are committed to being a good neighbor and we must maintain our property at the level expected in a Neighborhood Association.
We are talking, and talking, about forming a Property Committee – a group of able bodied men and women who want to help with our routine maintenance needs. FYI – all of the work restoring the walls and ceilings and new blinds falls under the category of routine maintenance. The idea would be for these folks to meet once a month or so and identify small projects -for instance:
- An emergency light with a failed battery.
- Storm windows in need of repair.
- Windows sealed shut with duck tape.
- Weather stripping around windows and doors is a constant need.
- Gutter drains around the base of the building.
There is much to do and we cooperate with other organizations as we are able to get this work done.