A Day in the Life of a Quarantined Nonprofit Communicator – Rachel Braver

Rachel Braver in Quarantine

Final week, I used to be a little bored and thought it could be humorous to present our Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator sequence a quarantine spin. I wasn’t positive anybody would truly take part so I used to be delighted when folks began filling out the kind.

BUT my quarantine mind (that’s a factor, proper?) forgot so as to add a place on the kind for a identify and an e mail deal with so I do not know who mentioned what…

Aside from Rachel Braver who despatched me her bio and headshot! (Thanks, Rachel!)

These had been fairly nice to learn and see how all of you might be adapting. I’ve included the kind once more at the finish of this publish (with a place for identify and e mail deal with!) and would love to listen to from you too!

Rachel’s bio:

I’m the Multimedia Specialist working on net, social media, print, and e mail communications for the Meals Financial institution of Contra Costa and Solano in the San Francisco Bay Space. Our work is crucial, however I’m able to work remotely most of the time. We’ve by no means been this busy in 45 years of service with elevated demand for meals, plus the problem of discovering new, altering methods of speaking to donors, volunteers and shoppers.

And that is her typical work day whereas quarantined:

Earlier than 8:00 a.m. Do you instantly seize your cellphone whenever you get up? Are you taking the canine out? Breakfast with the household? Do you dress instantly?

I was at my workplace desk round 6:00 am to keep away from commute site visitors. Now I roll out of mattress simply earlier than 8:00, and hop into a bathe earlier than my commute to the visitor room.

In the present day I determine to placed on my denims and let their judgmental waistband maintain me in line.

8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m Are you on the laptop now or getting the children arrange with their college work? Dressed but? Zoom conferences with colleagues?

Round 8:00 am, I signal on to Slack (for my group), Outlook, and Microsoft Groups (for the relaxation of the workplace), then open my shared Google Doc of duties to make notes of accomplished work.

I head to the kitchen to placed on water for tea.

If nobody has an pressing request, I take a 10-minute stroll up and down the avenue to get recent air and sunshine.

10:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m. Are you continue to on schedule for the day? What programs are you utilizing to remain organized? Is another person in your own home additionally working from dwelling? How are you getting alongside? Dressed but?

My companion is out of work as a result of of the pandemic. He simply found the new 9 Inch Nails album, so I shut the door, take a deep breath and switch up my Spotify “Completely Stress Free” playlist.

I subject requests together with posting about our drive-via meals distributions on social and creating a giving web page for a new donor match.

In between donation reporting and studying about the senior restaurant meals program, I reply a few requests for assist with meals in our Fb Messenger.

What time is it even? Are you hungry or simply bored? Why is sixth grade math so completely different now? Did your vital different actually simply say “let’s circle again” on that decision? Are you dressed but?

After considering I’ll make myself an ample salad – I’m dwelling in spite of everything, with time for such issues! – I wrap some hummus in a tortilla as a substitute, and eat at my desk whereas including a new pantry to our on-line stats kind. Then ask native companions to share our drive-via publish.

Round 1:30, it’s approaching assembly time. We’ve a bi-weekly Zoom editorial assembly to get on the identical web page with the relaxation of my group and Growth on the upcoming messaging in the e-e-newsletter. This at all times ends with a longer to-do listing, so I’m prepared for a break.

Nap Time. What else is there to do? Should you acquired dressed, do you get undressed to your nap?

Round 3:00, I drag my companion on a stroll. Our usually busy avenue is extra quiet throughout this time. I’ll miss this when “Shelter in Place” is lifted.

Now, it’s actually time to work. Did you end all the things you wanted to do?

I flip to the “Temper Booster” Spotify station, then examine for e mail requests that got here in whereas we had been out. Make edits to our weekly supporter e mail for the group to overview, and name it a day (save the night social media requests for assist with meals).

Wine O’Clock. White or crimson? Guess you don’t must dress…

Even with the added work and later hours, I’m extra rested with out the 36 mile commute, so dinner-time is much less of a chore.

I pour an grownup beverage and get began on the night’s pantry gourmand recipe of creamy vegan penne with veggies.

We’ll eat on the sofa whereas watching DVR or Netflix, however the Instagram publish will look rather more glamorous.

Thanks a lot for sharing Rachel!

Should you already shared your day, please let me know who you might be by emailing kristina [at] nonprofitmarketingguide [dot] com.

And if you want to share your day now, simply fill out the kind under:

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