November’s Community Call: Creating fulfilling volunteer opportunities in open source software communities

Many STEM communities rely on volunteers, and yet it can be hard to sustain volunteer engagement. For our November call, we’ve invited three community managers from open source software organizations to participate in a panel discussion about how to create volunteer opportunities that are emotionally and intellectually fulfilling, and recognize and reward member contributions in these volunteer roles.

While our panelists this month all work with open source communities (which ties in with the new POSE training program we’re developing!), we encourage you to attend even if this isn’t your focus area. The discussion will be relevant to a range of STEM community settings. 

Join us via Zoom on 16 November 2022 at 11am EST/4pm UTC (note that the US daylight saving’s transition may change the time for this monthly call in your time zone.)

Add to your calendar

This month’s call will feature a panel discussion about how to create opportunities that will keep volunteers engaged and fulfilled in the open source software space. Image credit: CSCCE

How can communities create fulfilling volunteer positions?

A growing number of communities convene around the goal of improving open source software and promoting its adoption and long-term sustainability. Many of these communities draw on volunteer power. But with the multitude of demands placed on everyone’s time, how do you keep volunteers engaged? For our November community call, we’ve invited three community managers from the open source software ecosystem to participate in a panel discussion about how non-monetary forms of compensation can make volunteer positions fulfilling and why offering a range of different ways to contribute as a volunteer can help prevent burnout. Join us to hear thoughts from Melissa Mendonça (NumPy, SciPy, Matplotlib, and Pandas), Saranjeet Kaur (RSE Asia Association), and Yared Abera Ergu (The Carpentries in Africa). Yanina Bellini Saibene (rOpenSci) and Katie Pratt (CSCCE) will co-facilitate the discussion.

November’s call


Join November’s Community Call to:

  • Hear how volunteers contribute to communities around the world
  • Get ideas for forms of non-monetary compensation you can offer volunteers
  • Learn how to limit volunteer fatigue and burnout


  • Yared Abera Ergu (The Carpentries in Africa)
  • Yanina Bellini Saibene (rOpenSci, call co-moderator)
  • Saranjeet Kaur (RSE Asia Association)
  • Melissa Mendonça (NumPy, SciPy, Matplotlib, Pandas)

How to join

November’s call will take place on 16 November, 2022, at 11am EST/4pm UTC (note that US daylight saving’s transition may change the time for this call in your time zone.)

Our calls are hosted in Zoom – simply click here and we’ll see you in the webinar!

Video or not? You’re welcome to turn on your webcam if you like but fine if you prefer just to use audio.

Our community calls last 90 minutes, but we will do our best to ensure that all of the presentations take place in the first hour, in case you have to leave early. The last 30 minutes is generally reserved for open discussion and Q&A with the presenters and other participants on the call. Come for the hour – or for the full 90 mins, as your schedule permits!

Please note: We’ll be recording this month’s call so that others who couldn’t make it can catch up later. 


Our community calls usually take place on the third Wednesday of every month at 11am Eastern, but occasionally times and dates vary depending on speaker availability so please keep an eye on our calendar of events.

Wonder what we’ve talked about in previous calls? The archive listings can be found here, with select recordings available on YouTube.

Not yet in our Slack group? Request to join here.

Further resources

We curate a growing collection of resources for community managers on our website. If you have any questions about our work, or are interested in partnering with us on a future project or call, please contact