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#1 Old 11-03-2007, 10:57 AM
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I know that a lot of us here love to volunteer our time in our communities or elsewhere (someone else's community).

I want this thread to be a place to post and discuss the volunteer work we do and have done to help others. It could be getting groceries or mail for your shut-in neighbor, working with an organized agency, being a mentor, helping a child one on one or the Peace Corps work you did after college.

Post your favorite, most infamous, heart breaking, bittersweet, frustrating and rewarding experiences!

I'll be back to post some of mine too.

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#2 Old 11-03-2007, 05:39 PM
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Well I've been volunteering at a crisis line for about 8 months. I find it to be challenging much of the time, but it is also very rewarding. I can't go into any details, but my most frightening and rewarding experience was putting my suicide intervention training to practical use.

I've been thinking of doing some more volunteer work that involves less committment, like donating blood or working for a night at a soup kitchen. Ideally I would love to travel elsewhere and do volunteer work just helping the environment or people somehow. I haven't yet looked into it; I'm not sure how realistic it would be for me or if I would qualify for anything considering I'm unilingual and am not good with kids or a doctor or anything haha i guess that just leaves grunt work for me.

I look forward to reading other people's replies!

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#3 Old 11-04-2007, 08:48 AM
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I didn't start doing volunteer work until during the last year. Most opportunities you find (via volunteermatch, etc) are long term and wouldn't work for me. Unless one of you know of something that has more individual events???

Thankfully the company I work for now has a worldwide volunteer organization that has single events you can register for so that I've been able to be more involved. Last night I did a Rock Against Domestic Abuse event that was TONS of fun. Someone spent the night recruiting bands so they could plan one in their town too to benefit their womens shelter...and I'm looking forward to hearing more about it so I can join them too.


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i spent 3 years in high school volunteering for atco, which is a program in my community that helps adults with developmental disabilities find work. I worked within their PassionWorks organization, which provides them art opportunities. They sell the artwork!
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I've knitted blankets for the homeless here. That was awesome good fun! I need to do that again, I still have tons of yarn!

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ooo that is an awesome idea. I'm a crocheter and am always looking for excuses to play with yarn.

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I've knitted blankets for the homeless here. That was awesome good fun! I need to do that again, I still have tons of yarn!



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