Echo is extremely short staffed, pay is less than many other government agencies, and lower than nearly all for-profit businesses. Plus they can’t compete with jobs that can accommodate working remotely. Supporting kids who have had so much trauma in their lives is rewarding but is also very emotionally draining. Staff is weary! Clearly they stay because they genuinely care for the youth and want to make a difference.
STAFF APPRECIATION EVENTS
Let’s rally as a community and demonstrate to them that we think they are heroes and we know that what they do REALLY matters. They are transforming the lives of the current residents, their future families, communities and beyond! Please consider joining the planning team and help us to facilitate appreciation events and employee anniversary celebrations. Last event was a much needed Staff Spa Sanctuary where all were pampered while they relaxed to the sound of singing bowls. Can you help us come up with other ideas?
JOIN THE STAFF WELLNESS TEAM
Molly, a counselor and volunteer extraordinaire, will head this up but needs others to join the team. Brainstorming & networking meetings can all be done remotely.
Eventually we would like to provide:
- Bringing in speakers
- To address the issues of secondary traumatic stress, compassion fatigue, and burnout
- Financial literacy
- Strengthening marriage
- Parenting skills
- Helping orchestrate staff appreciation events
- Initiating energy boosting and healthy physical activities such as a campus 5k or a walking/running group
- Inviting staff to existing events in the community
- Launching campus health/wellness initiatives
A team of volunteers that each had an area of expertise would be ideal.
Here are some articles that talk about what this team would do on campus. The qualifications that are listed in the articles are not necessary but would be a plus.
What is a Wellness Coordinator?
Seven Benchmarks of a Wellness Program
EMAIL if you’re interested or would like more info.