5 Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Five Things Arly Guevara Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today’s post is with Arly Guevara, who volunteers with the Strategic Planning Committee.

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

I work on implementation monitoring, where we try to support other committees in reaching the goals proposed by our current Strategic Plan. In an organization founded by and for fans, it’s very important for us to make sure the plan follows the same principles, tailored to our needs so the OTW can keep being a place where we feel safe and validated.

What is a typical week like for you as a volunteer?

I meet on Saturdays with the other members of Strategic Planning, and the rest of the week I work on any assignments I might have. If there are any projects where I’m involved, I might meet during the week to work on that.

What made you decide to volunteer?

I saw a post on the main page of the OTW website! I’ve been a fan of the OTW for many years now so I decided to take part in it. I was also encouraged by the fact that the job description aligned with the things I was learning at Vocational School at the time.

What’s the most fun thing to you about volunteering for the OTW?

I really like working with my ​teammates! It’s great to meet people outside of my home country, learn about their own experiences and points of view. Besides that, it also feels great to be part of an organization I’ve admired for so long.

What fannish things do you like to do?

I. Read. Fanfiction. A lot of it. I really like to be involved with fanfic writers and be part of discussions/analysis, too. Besides that, I looove attending conventions and I’m trying my hand for the first time in cosplay (though I usually only do characters that have the same hair color as me, sorry, I’m lazy).


Now that our volunteer’s said five things about what they do, it’s your turn to ask one more thing! Feel free to ask about their work in comments. Or if you’d like, you can check out earlier Five Things posts.

This Week in Fandom by Olivia Riley

This Week in Fandom, Volume 109

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, a shoutout to Game of Thrones fans. We see what’s happening with you, and we’ll talk about it next week after the finale, I promise.


For members of Worldcon 2019, the Hugo Award voting packet has been released. As you may remember, the Archive of Our Own was nominated for a Hugo Award in the category of Best Related Work. If you’re not a Worldcon 2019 member, you can still view the information the OTW submitted about AO3 here on the Archive itself. Happy reading!

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April 2019 Newsletter, Volume 134

I. THANK YOU!

Our April membership drive was a massive success! Nearly 10,000 donors from 86 countries showered the Organization for Transformative Works with donations, totalling over US$245,000 and leaping over the fundraising target! Thank you so much to everyone who donated, signal boosted, and cheered us on. Your support means the world to us.

Development and Membership led the drive, keeping track of donations and answering everybody’s questions. Special thanks go to Translation and Communications for getting the word out about the drive–in 28 languages!

If you want to know more about where those donations go (or what they grow), check out the OTW’s 2019 Budget that the Finance committee recently made public. Read More