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Good Nonprofit Governance Means a Clean Office

Oh the joys of a neat and organized office!

We had our annual “Office Cleanup Day” last Friday. Our staff set aside the day to go through their files and piles, clean out shelves and organize common areas and storage areas in our building. Jeans and sneakers are the uniform of the day. On Cleanup Day, I drive my family’s 14 year old pickup, and bring file boxes to our off-site storage facility, and also make at leastDSC_0006one trip to the dump, while another staff member brings papers to recycling. And of course, we also recycle office items amongst ourselves, trying out new desktop file holders and inboxes, in the hopes of cleaner, more organized desks.

Basement2One of the highlights is going down into our basement - “The Dungeon” as we fondly call it – and getting rid of the various items we have stowed down there. It is an interesting place – we have donated bottles of wine, dozens of signs we use for the United Way Day of Caring each year, snow shovels, gardening tools, Christmas ornaments, our pop-up tent, a portable podium, and everything else that gets used only occasionally. Our building was built as a home in 1915, so you can imagine the character of our basement – sump pump and all.

Somehow, I ended up with two NEW boxes in my office from other folk’s room; items related to our history (we will celebrate our 70th year of service in 2013) that I will need to go through in my “spare time.” I think I will need to set aside a “History Day” to go through the boxes. If there is anyone out there who loves to create scrapbooks, I could use your help!

Posted by: Kim Connolly

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