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 +====== Volunteer recruitment attempt - 2009 03 29. ======
 +
 +While setting up our new wiki based site for The Global Ability Initiative I stumbled across an advertisement in the volunteer section and figured why not ask.
 +
 +The following describes the case as it plays out.
 +
 +
 +===== Our letter to the potential volunteer. =====
 +
 +<code>
 +Hi there
 +
 +I must say that your idea to spend time volunteering is most noble and I salute you for your choice.
 +
 +Not knowing whether you are legally allowed to work for anyone while the dispute lasts
 +I have several opportunities both work and volunteering that I am in a position to offer you.
 +
 +But first let me tell you a little about who we are and what we do.
 +
 +The Global Ability Initiative is a venture dedicated to the development of gratis, open 
 +source software for the disabled, the sick and the needy - We aim to provide assistive 
 +software to a wide variety of people, suffering for example from Aphasia, MS, ALS, Cerebral 
 +Palsy and other disabilities as well as pushing initiatives in the field of ECG monitoring. 
 +
 +All of the above we are aiming at doing so for free. 
 +
 +However software development doesn't happen by it self and we are short on time, (we perform
 +our work on a spare time basis, and with families to care for, time is not too kind on any of
 +s), thus we are looking for an opportunity to enable developers to switch away from normal 
 +jobs, into a position within The Global Ability Initiative so that we can work full time providing 
 +Aphasia, MS, ALS, sufferers etc. with software that can improve their life quality without robbing 
 +them blind.
 +
 +How we expect this to be done ?
 +
 +We figure there is a growing trend among companies a will to show social responsibility, 
 +we can offer them a chance to become patrons of a project with the potential to help 
 +millions of people world wide.
 +
 +Becoming a patron should be possible for everyone, from small shops to global corporations, 
 +we have several options for them to choose from from. 
 +
 +There is a 500 EUR patronage with local boasting rights to full global patronages. We would certainly also accept smaller patronages, those would be listed as friends of The Global Ability Initiative on the homepage.
 +
 +We have statements from medical doctors and others that encourage that our project is supported.
 +
 +You could if you have an interest act as an "advertisement/patronage broker", you could do this as 
 +a commission paid officer, or you could do this as a volunteer foregoing pay.
 +
 +You could also help us build a sales organization in the Netherlands capable of raising funds 
 +for the project on an annual basis. 
 +
 +If the above doesn't sound interesting there are a number of other volunteer positions we need 
 +filled either by you or persons you might know, we need a studio engineer/studio technician to 
 +handle recording for us. 
 +
 +We need male and female voice artist willing to give the disabled a voice with the help of 
 +aforementioned studio volunteer. 
 +
 +We need people to join our awarness campaign. 
 +
 +We need people who can act as press liason and build good ties with the media. 
 +
 +We need people willing to "go to the doctor" present what we are doing, get their support, either 
 +financially or as endorsers og the project, we can always use additional programming personnel 
 +and we are interested in people capable of producing photographs and/or video to promote the 
 +cause. So as you see there are a wide variety of opportunities here.
 +
 +If you go to our webpage PLEASE NOTICE that the site is undergoing an overhaul, within a week I should be ready with a wiki based site that will make collaboration on several levels much easier.
 +
 +I am expecting to migrate the project to the new site within the coming week, this might cause some access problems until all the DNS servers have registered the migration properly (DNS servers are like traffic control cops, or helpful personnel giving direction to people on the Internet so that they can find homepages).
 +
 +If you think any of the above opportunities sound interesting please get in touch with us ASAP. I have to ask that you paste the following into the subject line to defeat the SPAM filter send the mail to webmaster@globability.org
 +
 +The subject needs to be = Aut. Code:1vddddf04tvFO?body=Do not edit the subject! %0A 
 +
 +Looking forward to your swift reply.
 +
 +Kind regards
 +
 +Einar Petersen, Project Manager - The Global Ability Initiative.
 +
 +
 +</code>
 +
 +===== The potential volunteers advert. =====
 +
 +<code>
 +Reply to: comm-basuf-1091531663@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]
 +Date: 2009-03-25, 6:44PM CET
 +
 +hi hi,
 +
 +Due to a legal dispute with my current employer, and the liberal Dutch employment laws - I now find myself with quite a bit of free time on my hands.
 +
 +If anyone has any volunteer work they could suggest, I'm open to helping out. The more worthwhile the better. I've been working in the Financial Services industry - 
 +so yes, I don't have any real-world skills - but I'm quick learner.
 +
 +Would be available for at least a couple of months pretty much full time.
 +
 +Any suggestions - please let me know.
 +
 +    * Location: the Netherlands
 +    * it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
 +
 +PostingID: 1091531663
 +</code>
  
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