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Old 12-09-09, 09:50 AM   #1
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Volunteering!

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.
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Old 12-09-09, 09:53 AM   #2
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Oh....and if they can pass the class/test, our dogs may be "nursing home" dogs to make the old folks happy.
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I volunteer time for our scout pack. Run pinewood derby workshops, sit on the planning and leadership boards, that sort of thing. It is very rewarding. As time allows, I want to get involved in Habitat for Humanity, something like that.
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Yes. It's one of the best things you can do.

I volunteer for my local cycling advocacy organization at present. But there are lots of other causes and groups I'd like to help.

People often feel they don't have the time, but you get back a lot more than you give, so it is definitely worth it. It's even better if you make time and do it with friends/family.
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I volunteer time for our scout pack. Run pinewood derby workshops, sit on the planning and leadership boards, that sort of thing. It is very rewarding. As time allows, I want to get involved in Habitat for Humanity, something like that.
I was in boy scouts.............for a whole month before they kicked me out.

My dad used to coach out little league baseball teams......once for me and once again for my brother.
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Yes, each year, I volunteer a day's service to "Project Open Hand", and I donate to other causes on a regular basis. Sadly, at this time, I don't have the ability to commit to any long term assitance for anyone.

A link for anyone who would like to help them out.http://www.projectopenhand.org/
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I volunteer quite often both organized and unorganized. I volunteer at marathons passing out shirts, water, bibs and goodies. I also go out and cheer for all of the racers and offer to help with my own materials and offer food. Whenever the bike coalition needs information and help, I am there if there is space. I clean around an din the alley of my rental property because the neighbors don't care and toss furniture and garbage everywhere. I always volunteer my time,gas and bike power to my clients who have a lot of things they do not need. I collect them and donate them to the rescue mission. Volunteering is effortless and more should do it.
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I've been trying to volunteer but the organizations that I believe in and want to support apparently don't believe in me.
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I am currently setting up a "loaner closet" for medical equipment (walkers/wheelchairs etc.) for needy people in my community. I also participate in a catch/spay/release program for feral cats in my town. My vet splits the charges of the spay with us (my wife and I do it on our own- the local shelters have too many stipulations).

I have found that volunteering your time and effort is very rewarding, and helps to create a sense of community. What is funny is that neither my wife nor I belong to a church, but our co-sponsors for the equipment closet is the Interfaith Ministries.
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Then create your own, do the organization and then you are not only a volunteer, but a leader. Don't ask, just do.
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Volunteer? Me?

1 Janet Pomeroy Center - working with developmentally and physically challenged youth and adults.
2. Charlies Hoops - Basketball tournament fund raiser we started to benefit Alzheimer's Assoc.
3. The local high school - Volunteer for sports program to raise funds before they end high school sports
4. UFCW - organizing non union shops and protection of worker's rights in abusive work situations
5. The Garden Project San Francisco - Developing lots and starting community gardens in low income areas.
5. Bike forums

Hopefully I'll add ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation) to my list this upcoming year.

And you wonder why I get 4 hours sleep a night.
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I've been a volunteer dog walker a time or two, and a volunteer with the parks dept, I was issued pinchers to pick up trash in my favourite park (it was also so I could keep my eye out for people poaching from the ocean.)
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I deliver for Meals on Wheels.
Some of these people don't see another person except for the ones whe deliver their meals. Many are home bound.
It is rewarding and sure makes you appreciate what you have.
Also financially support Meals and a couple of other organizations, mainly animal related.
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Swamper, my friend volunteers for Meals on Wheels. He gets a LOT of the donations from the local grocery stores. I mean LOTS of stuff!

The sad thing is, he was telling me that they cut down service a few months ago. The volunteers cannot afford the gas for all the driving...and it's hard because he's a retiree.
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Swamper, my friend volunteers for Meals on Wheels. He gets a LOT of the donations from the local grocery stores. I mean LOTS of stuff!

The sad thing is, he was telling me that they cut down service a few months ago. The volunteers cannot afford the gas for all the driving...and it's hard because he's a retiree.
Bike + trailer.
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Good idea Luddite but the area he delivers is pretty spread out. He's 80 years old and I think it would be hard on him.
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Good idea Luddite but the area he delivers is pretty spread out. He's 80 years old and I think it would be hard on him.
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I just received a newsletter from Meals talking about how much their funding has been cut recently. They really need more donations.
Our town is a little over 100,000 people and they supply over 900 people with meals. They really have a challenge to stretch their resources.
Unfortunately this is not a bike friendly town. It's scary enough driving a cage much less trying to deliver meals on a bike.
A typical route requires 20-30 miles on an extended lunch hour so about the only practical way is by car.
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It would be kind of absurd for me to volunteer to meals-on-wheels since I'm living on student loans and sometimes worry about getting enough to eat lol.

I was thinking about volunteering at the SPCA a bit before Xmas, if I have time. I need to empty out a gazillion boxes, get rid of a bunch of stuff.
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ummm

couch surfing. helped a lot during several hurricanes in the south east.
I have helped setup and worked at several bike co-ops, and I find myself teach fairly often, it is odd.
and dumpster dived and cooked food for "food not bombs" when it lived in atl. riding a bike with a pot of soup is a challenge
Worked at a co-op book store that used to exist in birmingham
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I captain my company's Tour de Cure team (4th year now!) and organize our team fundraisers.
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oh i was a volunteer model for "art undressed" in sf, i figured after after rolling around in bike shorts i could wear pretty much anything.
I was not expecting tiger stripe hot pants
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oh i was a volunteer model for "art undressed" in sf, i figured after after rolling around in bike shorts i could wear pretty much anything.
I was not expecting tiger stripe hot pants
Pics or it didn't happen!!??!?!!??!!!!!!! ( for Luddite...not me of course. )
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yeah, ummmm no.

here are the pics I took, luckily very few pics of me ended up on my camera, none in hot pants thank god.
there is an entire day missing from the event. might not be work safe
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Good choice with the Humane Society KT. They can always use help. My wife and I volunteer with the Jack Russell Rescue in Ontario. We also have run tennis tournaments for various charities.

I've been wanting to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, however I can barely find the time to complete my kitchen renovation, let alone someone elses.
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