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Overview | April 29 Fix It Meeting

Thank you to Reverend McPherson, Anthony Major and Friendship AME for letting us use your beautiful new educational building!

Fix it Forum – A Structure

INCOMING

  • Defining the scope of the work we can accept (what do we do/what do we not do)
  • Determine a central point of contact (hopefully using existing resources)
  • Defining what the contact process is (phone, website, email, all of the above)
  • Record and track the inquiries
  • Come up with a way to assign people to that
  • Assessment (on site) process – verification that the project fits within scope
  • Central project manager – tracking cost, making payment, completion status

PLANNING

  • Build network of volunteers
  • Establish the priorities of the projects
  • Layout plans to complete the job (materials lists, sequencing, codes/permits, volunteer #)
  • Centralized warehousing vs. each team purchasing/maintaining their own materials (initially: each team, eventually: centralized warehouse)
  • Maintaining depository of a list of past projects to reference
  • Website – build your team, pick your project (include important information, skill level, # of volunteers, materials)
  • Planning smart, wasting little!

OUTGOING

  • Identify contact at each church/agency for centralized volunteer point
  • Identify key skill leaders (electrician, contractor, construction PM)
  • Online sign-up (skills vs. no skills)
  • Look to where success already is (reference other agency models)
  • Central database of skills and labor
  • Shared online calendar of events
  • Pilot the program for short-term (evaluate, tweak, move forward)
  • First response team for emergency situations

Common Themes

  • Don’t recreate the wheel
  • Central database
  • Central coordinator at each church/agency (learn the database)
  • Front-end assessment team (parameters)
  • Define somehow: geographically or project value (to start!)

Next Steps

  • Direct ask to ECCO
  • Application and criteria from Operation Home/ECCO
  • Invite HomeWorks Executive Director from Columbia to come to next meeting
  • Steering committee formation
  • Church survey – initial draft for next meeting

Next Meeting
Monday, June 3rd at 6:00pm
ECCO Board Room (1145 Six Mile Road, Mount Pleasant SC 29466)

Comments

Norm McNair
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LaBruce and I are going to visit with Rachel, Operation Home, to learn more how they are organized and the procedures and forms they have found useful. I, we, want to also visit Habitat, ECCO and Meals on Wheels.
Norm

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