Potter Place: A right to a place to come.
A right to meaningful relationships.
A right to meaningful work. A right to a place to return.
C.W. Potter Place has refined and developed the work of the clubhouse into two different work areas. Each work area has two staff generalists to coordinate the work, and to engage members in the necessary tasks to insure the successful running of the clubhouse. These areas include: the Business Office, Membership Services, and Food Services.
The Membership Services work area is comprised of employment services, education services, and the tracking of member information. We regularly update employment boards, the employment database, educational resources, housing boards, community event information, as well as our comprehensive clubhouse database. Membership Services is also responsible for orientation to the clubhouse. These duties include scheduling and giving tours, scheduling and supervising guest days, orientation-specific outreach, and assuring that members new to the clubhouse "stick". Global clubhouse outreach is also a responsibilty of this work area. We will call, send letters, and visit members in order to, on one hand, see how they are doing, and, on the other hand, let members know what is going on in the Potter Place community. Additionally, this work area coordinates the production of two publications: The Daily News, and the monthly newsletter Innerworks. These publications require writing, photocopying, and collating duties to be performed. Other responsibilities of Membership Services include reception duties, keeping track of attendance, and maintaining the Potter Place library.
The Back-of-the-House work area is responsible for the food services and financial services of the house. This unit provides members with the opportunity to get involved in the wide variety of tasks that are required to coordinate and manage food services for 40+ people a day, as well as the associated budgeting. Members are involved in stocking shelves, operating a cash register, menu planning, budgeting, food preparation, cooking, waiting tables, cleaning, shopping, outreach, recycling, inventory maintenance, and keeping the books for the clubhouse. Each of these tasks prepares Potter Place to serve a hot lunch five times a week, “big salads” and sandwiches five times a week, take-out five times a week, hot breakfast once a week, dinner twice a week, and freshly baked goods for as long as they last!