(Closed) Not sure how I feel about this volunteer gig

posted 5 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@abeenonymous:  Well won’t someone have to stay with you the first few nights to show you the ropes?

I think your concerns are valid, and maybe this isn’t where you should be volunteering if that’s all they have available.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I don’t think you’re wrong to feel nervous or uncomfortable about that situation. You’re not implying that they’re dangerous because they’re homeless. Rather, things can get out of hand for a female in an all-male environment in ANY situation. If the coordinator you spoke with can’t understand that, I wouldn’t feel bad about taking my volunteering services elsewhere. 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

It would bother me that as a volunteer, I was being made to seem like a bad guy. She really should just be gracious and accept your help in any capacity. You also have every right to have concerns. Personally I would not accept this particular volunteer position. I’m sure it’s probably safe but I wouldn’t be comfortable with it unless other people were there.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

You know what, there is never anything wrong with trusting your own intuition. If you do not feel comfortable, then don’t do it. I imagine that they would find any monetary contribution you could make just as helpful as your time.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

What a jerk! (The lady, NOT you!) She should have told you you’d be spending the night away from your fiance in an ALL MALE shelter! I don’t think that’s safe. There are people with mental handicaps and drug addictions there!

I wouldn’t feel safe doing that. I’d back out and find a library that needs a book shelver, or bake for the pregnant teen’s/battered woman shelter. You can help without putting yourself in a risky situation!

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