How much commitment is required to join a project or other volunteer job?

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I would like to be more helpful here on WikiTree and I have looked at the volunteer page ( ) and find I do many of these things in a limited way. Here is my problem, I have only a certain amount of time, and I have guilt feelings about my own uploaded GEDCOM that I will die cleaning up. Can some of you share your experience in volunteering for projects and other necessary tasks. I notice some belong to many projects and other groups...can you be effective in all of those areas?

As I'm looking I'm swaying toward "greeter"... sell me some other options
in The Tree House by Brett Rutherford G2G6 Pilot (121k points)
edited by Brett Rutherford
Brett --

We would love to have your help on the Greeter Project. Like Dorothy said, you can commit to as little as an hour / week. We also can always use people who can just float and fill in during the hours that no one has claimed as their own.

The initial "getting started" part takes a little bit of time -- maybe a couple of hours. Not always that long, though.

Drop me a note if you have any questions about the project or decide it sounds like a good fit. :-)

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Best answer

Hi Brett, I would think it really depends on the actual project you are considering. 

Take for example the "Greeter" project, you could volunteer a couple of hours a week depending on your personal schedule. You would know your schedule and most times stick to it and sign out and be on your way.  

Now the "Data Doctor" project that works with database errors report may take more time then you started out in a day to work on because of the complexity of the project. You might think, "well I will make a few corrections, maybe an hour or so", and find out you are there a half a day, that happens to me alot. 

I have a calendar that I work off of each week. I have my hours posted on it for required duties like the greeter and mentor program and then as my outside commitments arise, I look at the calendar and see if something needs changing or ask someone to fill in for me etc. Of course I am retired so I don't have a set work schedule that I would need to take in consideration when volunteering. 

Many projects you would work at your own pace doing a specific task, rather then work a particular schedule like the greeter project. A project leader would be able to tell you in advance what is expected and usually there is a list of tasks on the project page itself that would give you an idea how much time would be needed in volunteering. 

Hope that makes sense. But whatever you decide, all volunteer effects are so appreciated and gives you opportunities to work with others. 

by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (2.6m points)
selected by Susan Laursen
Thanks Dorothy, that helps. I sort of asked this to start a conversation as well. The volunteer page is great but often hearing from others work better.
Thanks Susan L. for Best Answer!!

Brett, that was a great question!!  I do hope others will answer in a bit with their thoughts and suggestions.
+11 votes
The One Name Studies project has not set time work at your own pace, no pressure.
by Doug Lockwood G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)
Thanks Doug
+9 votes
Most projects, other than Greeters, Rangers, etc., have no time constraints. It is understood that you work at your own pace. WikiTree is a volunteer organization and some people just have more time than others.
by Shirley Dalton G2G6 Pilot (487k points)

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