October 19, 2012
I think people need to be aware of this "non-profit" organization before committing any time or money. Earlier this year my daughter worked at Operation Lookout in Everett, Wa. She started as an intern and provided over 100 hours of free labor. Eventually she accepted a part time, close to minimum wage, position. She was amazed at the last of managment over a staff of 3-5 people. She was always frustrated with the lack of effort by a few and more so the lack of concern by the Directors. After payroll checks regularily bounce employees are told they have to wait for contributions to finally get their wages. She was disturbed to see $1000's spent on, in her observation, unnecessary lap tops and office equiptment to replace equiptment that was still funtional. She recently gave her two week notice and left for a new job. Days later her $139 payroll check was returned to her bank as dishonored. Phone calls to the Directors went no where. She was told by the treasurer that she would have to wait until funding came. I called and spoke with the treasurer to get an explanation. I got the same rhetoric. "It's not our fault" "the State of Washington Eployment Security and Labor and Industries won't do anything because they understand businesses are struggling" "we are a non-profit" is exactly what she told us. Unbelievable! My daughter is concerned about her final check, which has not been issued, and wonders if she will be shorted. Apparently this is a regular event. Why do employees have to wait weeks to get paid for hours worked. They are not volunteers. The employees have committed their time under the promise of being paid. I would never contribute any of my time or money to Operation Lookout.
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