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Benton House has no paid staff. It is run, in its entirety, by volunteers.
That such a large and complex institution is run with (at the very least) 200 hours of voluntary work a week is a testament to its importance and legacy. It is also a testament to that part of the human spirit that wants nothing more than to make a positive impact on the world around it. The Benton House is eternally grateful to all of its volunteers, be they neighbors, staff members, church groups, or school groups. Their efforts keep Benton House alive.
The constant evolution of Benton House in recent years is largely attributed to its Resident Staff model. As new residents move in and old ones move out, the passions and skill-sets of Benton House evolve.
Live-in staff is a tradition of the settlement house movement, wherein folks participating in social services live where they work and come to understand the needs of the community firsthand.
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Resident staff members live on the second floor of Faurot Hall. They greatly determine the activity of Benton House, as they run the programming, clean the premises, coordinate events, keep the books and more.
Residents are often 20-somethings looking for a meaningful way to serve others and develop experience in the nonprofit sector. Benton House provides total immersion and allows its volunteers to evolve its processes and programming.
Residents must both work and live together cooperatively. The staff at Benton House is constantly striving to embody a sense of democracy and understand what it means to be a good employee, friend, neighbor, coworker and roommate. This means there is an ongoing process of growing and re-evaluating how we communicate and operate.
Given the breadth of Benton House activity, a small volunteer staff has a lot of different opportunities to become active in work they believe in. Beyond maintaining existing programming and functionality, we rely heavily on the self-activity of resident staff to opt in to projects they are personally invested in. This can include creating programming they find meaningful, refining infrastructural and administrative procedure to better the organization, reaching out to friends and social networks, as well as many other things. Resident staff is encouraged to act with their individual talents, abilities, and passions to contribute as much as possible to Benton House and its mission.
Senior Volunteer Staff
These individuals were once Resident Staff, yet after moving out they continue to work and care for Benton House in various ways.
Perhaps most importantly, they give Benton House a sense of continuity. Through sharing their experiences, stories, triumphs and challenges, they work to create an institutional memory that can be used to shape the House's future.