My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for HomesNOW Not Later, Bellingham, WA, USA
I used to think highly of this organization because of the work they do. For three months I was the garden coordinator and devoted seven days a week to the community garden for the unhoused, watering, planting, weeding, harvesting, preparing, cooking, and delivering fresh food.
During those three months I was repeatedly disrespected and mistreated by the executive director's assistant. Her behaviors were unprofessional and disruptive. Yesterday, was the last straw. When I aired my grievances about someone in a position of power and control misusing said power, one of the directors said that *nobody* in the organisation is in control including the board of directors, which is asinine. Excuses were made for her behavior and my concerns with how volunteers are sometimes treated were ignored. The executive director didn't reply to my messages and never responded to the situation.
In short, if you like being treated with respect as a volunteer and having grievances actually dealt with in an appropriate manner instead of ignored, then this isn't the "non-profit" for you. Instead they enable abuses of power.
There are some fundamental issues with the organisation and running of HomesNow that impede forward progress, such as constantly badmouthing the mayor and city council in public forums and then wondering why they don't want to work with HomesNow. Not holding problematic behaviour accountable. The exec dir said numerous times in person and via private messages that "we" shouldn't or don't have to follow all the laws, such as having food handler's permits. And so much more. I have the "receipts" (screenshots and messages that back up everything that I've stated here and MORE).
Stop enabling the mistreatment of your volunteers and have accountability!
Well for one thing I did not say nobody made desicions I said Me Jim Peterson doesnt the BOD and the core people make the desicions on what we do. You said that I either had to get rid of one person that volunteers or you where leaving. I decided that I was not going to make anyone leave adn if you wanted to leave that was your choice. No one at HomesNOW makes a penny we are all volunteers so that way we can spend what money we get on helping the homeless not paying staff. You have had a problem with the one volunteer since you started. So to say what you say is your right but I dont agree with it. It was your choice to leave. On the law issue tell me what laws we have broke. As far as bad mouthing the Mayor you are right I have. When everything we have tried has been a fight with the city I am not going to talk nice about them if you want to then go for it. I wish you the best of luck in whatever you do and thank you for the time you put into the garden you did an awesome job. Peace