Post # 1
I started volunteering through a local organization last year, then stopped for a bit, but I’m starting back up again, and I’m so excited! I mostly volunteered with young kids last time, but I also did some computer lessons with older folks.
I’m going to start working with kids again next week, doing arts/crafts/cooking/educational activities. I may also do some fall clean-ups at a local park (the organization I volunteer through has a huge range of volunteer opportunities, as you can see). I love that volunteering gives me something to do, for FREE, plus it helps the community.
Do you volunteer? What do you do?
Post # 3
With my YR group we do all sorts of things. My favorite is at Christmas we get local cell phone vendors to give us active cell phones. We take them to the homeless shelter and let the people there make calls to anyone they want and we help them track down phone numbers. My fave story from that is a man from a war torn African country came here thinking that his mother had died in the fighting. With our help he was able to track down his sister in MN. When he finally got through he found out that his mom had escaped and his sister had been able to get her into the country. His family immediately jumped in there car to come get the guy. He cried, we cried, the center director cried, it was one of the best moments.
Our group has done historical site clean ups, hung out at senior center, fundraised for charities, taken under privileged kids to the zoo, elderly yard care, collecting for the Soldier Centers, Wounded Warrior Projects, and just really anything we can find.
Post # 4
I volunteer through work, we have a group that does a number of different events, etc.
Mainly I do this because my Master’s program requires it, I’m studying at a Catholic University, but I hope to keep up with it after my studies are finished.
Post # 5
Yes! At a children’s hospital. It sounds a lot more fun than it is ha. It’s mostly getting supplies for the kids and then disinfecting everything once the day is over.
Post # 6
I don’t do any formalized volunteering. My paid job is managing volunteers, and if they’re doing something particularly interesting/worthwhile I’ll join them in my free time, and will fundraise for causes but don’t do anything Through other agencies. Although I always mean to get involved with something different than what we do; maybe mentoring kids or something.
Post # 7
I haven’t volunteered as much as I did with my old church. I am starting again with being a substitute for my Sunday school. But I really want to get out there and do things in the community like I use to. Just really hard when I am almost never home.
Post # 8
@tksjewelry: Omg that is so sweet!
@littlemisst08: I went to a Catholic college, and we didn’t HAVE to volunteer, but a lot of students did, and they were always advertising opportunities. I even took a service learning class, which I really enjoyed.
@mrsbzzbee: @SapphireSun: DH and I both work for non-profits, but we volunteer at other places. I work at a hospital, but I wouldn’t really want to volunteer here.
@vttp926: Aww I taught vacation Bible school one year, and that was really fun.
Post # 9
I used to, but grad school is keeping me busy right now. I will donate to causes that are important to me, though. IMO that is just as important as volunteering, though not as satisfying 🙂
Post # 10
@CountryRose: Yeah, Darling Husband and I donated to causes as each other’s Christmas presents last year. I just found out that he pledged a monthly gift to the charity that he donated to for me – he hadn’t even told me! Love him. Anyway, he’s starting grad school in January, so I need to keep myself busy (and there’s no wedding planning anymore either), which is pretty much why I’m starting back up.
Post # 11
I volunteer with various animal rescues.
Post # 12
I try to volunteer at least once a month. This month I volunteered at a local festival selling beer, last month it was at an art show for a local childrens art orginization. I’ll definitely be doing something on Thanksgiving.
I love it.
Post # 13
I volunteer mostly with health-related groups. I do a lot of blood glucose/blood pressure/BMI screenings through the local Diabetes Association. I have also been doing flu-shot clinics and 2 different free/low cost clinics in the city. I am finally able to use my 5 years of Spanish to counsel hispanic patients on their medications 🙂
It’s very rewarding to help somebody feel better or become more aware of their health that otherwise wouldn’t have had the chance.
Post # 14
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
I love volunteering! I work a 9/80 schedule which means I have every other Friday off from work, so I like to volunteer at the Houston Food Bank on my Fridays off. I volunteer at the warehouse, and it really isn’t glamorous (packing food into boxes, doing quality checks) but it’s always really fun, I love the people who work there full-time. I always have a blast.
Post # 15
I used to, at the local SPCA playing with and walking dogs, when I was unemployed. I don’t really have the time anymore. :
Post # 16
I used to volunteer a TON more than I do now. I had more volunteer hours than anyone at my school for a couple of years straight.
Now, unfortunately, my schedule limits it to random opportunities here and there but nothing consistent. I do still donate money to causes that are important to me but my time is much more limited.