(Closed) I think I want to get involved in giving back.

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
5920 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

It’s great that you feel that way, but I am so sorry about your past.  It’s a great thing to be able to share that with others, to maybe offer them some comfort.  I would definitely look into volunteering.  I volunteer for a few charities that mean a lot to me, and it makes me feel great, and hopefully makes a difference.

Post # 4
467 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@SleepingWithNuns: My FI’s the same and we’re looking at heading to church, not because we’re church-y people but because they’re usually involved in shelters and organisations like that. See if they can point you in the direction towards a shelter or community group. Look online, most towns or communities have websites, there might be a list of groups there.

Apart from that, have you thought about counselling as a career? It wouldn’t even have to be the heavy stuff you could do counselling at primary schools etc.

Post # 6
1543 posts
Bumble bee

You could always just go around to any local soup kitchens/shelters, etc and inquire about volunteering on a semi-regular basis? Worth a shot. Or, if you have a YMCA in your area, they could maybe provide you with some leads to BigBrother/BigSister type programs. 

Post # 7
1526 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

It’s great that you are taking something horrible that you had to deal with and turn it into something that can help other people. If you are going to school most schools have a lot of charities they help out with. I go to school in a really tiny town and I volunteer at the schools center for abused women and children. I am sure your school has something like that!

Post # 8
143 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@SleepingWithNuns:  Usually women’s shelters are happy to have more volunteers – you can find organizations on volunteermatch.org.  You will likely have to go through a 40 hour training for a women’s shelter. If you are going to be in the same place for at least a year, you could also do CASA – court appointed special advocates; they spend time with and advocate for kids in the foster care system. 

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