Our method of implementing an equitable model is to use a sliding scale for selecting how much you feel you would need to be able to feel that you can temporarily step out of your life/workflow in order to participate at Rock Camp to the fullest extent of your abilities.
A sliding scale is a tool to ensure folks have access to the volunteer experience, regardless of financial resource. We ask for your active participation in deciding what you would need in terms of a stipend. If a sliding scale is implemented effectively, everyone receives a similar percentage of their income as their stipend. This way, the cost of volunteering is not pocket change for some folks and a big commitment for other folks. While GRP is a small organization, we make sliding scale a priority because we acknowledge that we live in a world of differing privileges and income disparities.
We are not asking for proof of income -- we ask for you to assess your financial need in order to gather data about how we can best support our volunteer community. We know that a reflection of financial need is not an easy task, so if you have any questions at all about stipends, sliding scales and income disparities, we encourage you to reach out to us! We are committed to social equity as an evolving, eternal and messy dialogue.
To be transparent, we cannot guarantee that you will receive the amount you ask for. We will be taking many factors into account when trying to distribute the fund we have available -- including the total number of hours you are volunteering. We will do our best to make camp volunteering as accessible for as many people as possible.
The deadline to apply is Monday, June 17th, and we want to assure you that this process is not first come first serve, once we have all the applications in hand submitted by the above deadline, we will work with that information to determine what we can offer. We strive to let recipients know about their stipend amount by Monday, June 24th. Thank you for your patience and understanding!