Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
I saw issues with management and the organization back in 2010 when I volunteered. I was a volunteer puppy raiser and volunteer at the organization itself. I worked with the volunteer puppy raiser full-timer as a liaison group helping prospective families/individuals whom were interested in raising a puppy. Raising the pup was a bit confusing with different trainers having different training methods and expectations. It ended up being very uncomfortable and confusing. The person in charge of the 'pup house' was impossible to please as an in house volunteer. She was making up the rules as she went and to what suited her and not the organization. It was very embarrassing and mortifying to be introduced, in front of a boardroom full of prospective pup raisers as currently having a pup but that I was not allowed to hold one at the facility because I had not taken a class on how to hold the pups properly. I left in tears. Find a group that treats volunteers better.
This organization used to be such a jewel. When the Kaman family was still running it, every volunteer was treated with respect and appreciation. Now, the new senior leadership seems to care only about people with large checkbooks. The volunteers should be the lifeblood of this nonprofit, but no one cares anymore. The thanks I got last year was an annual appeal in the mail. Russman, wake up. Board, wake up. This nonprofit has gone by the wayside.