Do you volunteer? Is it rewarding for you?
Wife and I decided this year we wanted to do some volunteering. We originally decided on a local charity called HOPELink which does a great deal of cool things. They do food banks, tutor people to get GEDs, teach ESL classes, etc......
After we went to the orientation and signed up with our willingness to help, however, we basically found out that every time we tried to get involved with something they already had more than enough help.
Basically, the only possibility we had was to be a 1-on-1 tutor with somebody for GED and give a minimum 1-year commitment. At the time, a 1-year commitment seemed out of the question because we had the upcoming wedding and honeymoon.
A month or two ago, after all I went through with Ammo, I decided I wanted to volunteer help with animals. Wife and I are big animal lovers. At first I thought the county shelter would be good because there is one literally within walking distance of where we live. Found out quickly that a) It is not a "no-kill" shelter (which bothers me) and b) the county is about to shut down its animal services to save money.
So I start researching to find if there are any other programs (not necessarily government run) that are "no kill". Guess what program I find? Seattle Humane Society. They are NO KILL and everything I read impressed me more and more.
Hope (wife) and I went to volunteer class last night. I sooooooo want to work and help there. They do need volunteers badly. There are opportunities in many, many different areas to help out. I'm better with animals than I am people any way. And with the county closing animal services...they'll only need MORE help next year. I am soooo going to volunteer at the humane society!
Just wanted to talk about this....I'm excited about it. Do you volunteer anywhere? What great "for the soul" rewards to you get?
P.S. If we're "going" with any work before xmas, I'm going to see that we can work on Xmas to let others be home with their families since I don't give a ratzazz and would just as happily be with poochies at the shelter for xmas.