Do you volunteer?

Do you volunteer?

liilii080 liilii080
I moved to my current state about 7 months ago and am still looking into ways to get involved in the community and meet new people. I am looking into volunteering and am looking into different options and opportunities. Maybe you guys can give me some ideas I've never even thought of. Do you volunteer and if so, where? (voting is private.)
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
No, I don't volunteer because I am too busy.
12
No, I don't volunteer but I want to.
17
Yes, I volunteer with kids/schools.
11
Yes, I volunteer with animals.
8
Yes, I volunteer in health care.
4
Yes, I volunteer for a call/help line.
1
Yes, I volunteer for a food pantry.
3
Yes, I volunteer and will include where in the comments.
14
Other.
11
Total votes: 81 (55 voters)
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02/18/2011
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Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
I'm a regular blood donor.
02/18/2011
*Ashley* *Ashley*
I don't, but want to. Just hard to find time with kids and all. I know when they start School I'll be involved.
02/18/2011
PassionQT PassionQT
I have the same problem as Ashley. And I'd like to get the kids more involved in volunteering once they are a bit older.
02/18/2011
PussyGalore PussyGalore
I haven't found the perfect opportunity yet. Not having health insurance puts a damper on working with children and animals and those are the two I lean toward the most.
02/18/2011
ScottA ScottA
I volunteer for a number of different things.
02/18/2011
extrafun extrafun
Im a volunteer fireman
02/18/2011
SexyTabby SexyTabby
I volunteer with the school system, Volunteer with foster programs, Volunteer to care for injured wildlife, Volunteer for clean up groups at local parks, Volunteer to the Red Cross and did Adopt a Family for Eden at Christmas.

There are others not listed like the Pregnancy Center and Save the Children but yeah the rest come and go not like the main ones.

I keep myself very busy but the majority of it I do from my own home.
02/18/2011
BeautiFullFigured BeautiFullFigured
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Originally posted by PussyGalore
I haven't found the perfect opportunity yet. Not having health insurance puts a damper on working with children and animals and those are the two I lean toward the most.
This. My same situation.
02/18/2011
toxie m toxie m
I currently volunteer with the Big Sisters organization doing the In-School Mentoring Program. I used to also volunteer with a local daycare, helping out in the toddler room but sadly that had to be cut from my schedule coz I have way too many things on the go
02/18/2011
potstickers potstickers
I donate whole blood every 8 weeks.
02/18/2011
sweet seduction sweet seduction
I volunteer at the animal shelter
02/18/2011
Cream in the Cupcake Cream in the Cupcake
Id like to volenteer with dogs.
02/19/2011
onehotmomma onehotmomma
I help out with my sons Pre-school. He doesn't start until next year, but we've been actively involved with helping plan fundraising activities and things for the kids to do for the past year! We also help keep a brand new neighborhood park clean.
02/19/2011
liilii080 liilii080
I've filled out a couple of applications for animal shelters but I haven't heard back yet so I thought I would look into other opportunities. It seems a lot of people volunteer in their kids schools. I think I'll look in to a local food pantry next.
02/19/2011
Danielle1220 Danielle1220
I don't but I'd love to.
02/19/2011
namelesschaos namelesschaos
i don't volunteer to many other comments but I have in the pass and would like to again; I'm also a frequent blood donor if that counts.
02/19/2011
BluePixi BluePixi
I volunteered as a Docent at a local museum in the past. I still visit to help out when there is an event or to lead a workshop sometimes
02/20/2011
liilii080 liilii080
Quote:
Originally posted by BluePixi
I volunteered as a Docent at a local museum in the past. I still visit to help out when there is an event or to lead a workshop sometimes
I never thought about the museums. There are a ton of them where I live. That is a great idea.
02/20/2011
Stephanie Marie Stephanie Marie
I used to volunteer at a Blind camp for chldren. I also used to volunteer helping earn money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. But I haven't in quite some time.
02/20/2011
Ajax Ajax
I don't volunteer and I have no desire to do so.
02/20/2011
Ajax Ajax
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Originally posted by toxie m
I currently volunteer with the Big Sisters organization doing the In-School Mentoring Program. I used to also volunteer with a local daycare, helping out in the toddler room but sadly that had to be cut from my schedule coz I have way too many things ...
My boyfriend was looking into the Big Brothers program they have here, but he's still undecided. We weren't able to find too much information on it without making an appointment and he hasn't done that yet because he's worried about having to say no if it's not something he's up for or not something that will fit with his schedule.
02/20/2011
Miss Madeline Miss Madeline
I volunteer in the local kink/bdsm/fetish community a lot!
02/20/2011
BadassFatass BadassFatass
Currently I'm not volunteering because my life has been crazy lately. In the past I have volunteered with mentally challenged adults and with animals. I intend to do both again.
02/20/2011
teeny <3 teeny <3
Kudos to you for wanting to get involved! We all have the ability to improve the world we share, but so few of us actually do it! It's difficult to find time to help but it's so worth it. I would encourage you to find something you care about doing, as you'll be more inclined to make time for it. As an EF member I obviously care about sex, so I'm involved on my college campus teaching sexual health and rape prevention to undergrads.

Also, know your limits. It's easy when you see a need and have the volunteer spirit to commit to too much and overwhelm your schedule and psyche. It's important to disclose your concerns to your fellow volunteers. You guys can draw strength from struggling together and keep eachother motivated. Also don't be afraid to take time off to care of yourself if you need to. Life happens, and you don't always have to be a tough guy.
02/20/2011
vegan.guy vegan.guy
I'm taking a break from volunteering while I find a job and try to finish up school, but I had been a volunteer fireman/mrt and I volunteered at a wildlife rehabilitation center.
02/20/2011
liilii080 liilii080
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Originally posted by teeny <3
Kudos to you for wanting to get involved! We all have the ability to improve the world we share, but so few of us actually do it! It's difficult to find time to help but it's so worth it. I would encourage you to find something you care about ...
All good points to keep in mind. I have a hard time saying no so I'll definitely be careful not to take on too much too early.
02/20/2011
teeny <3 teeny <3
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Originally posted by liilii080
All good points to keep in mind. I have a hard time saying no so I'll definitely be careful not to take on too much too early.
Thanks!

Craigslist is a great place to start looking for opportunities to help out. Good luck finding your niche! You're awesome just for trying!

02/20/2011
Dusk Dusk
I volunteer at the animal shelter when I have the time.
02/20/2011
*HisMrs* *HisMrs*
I'm a volunteer EMT & First Responder and I also volunteer at our local food pantry and homeless shelter!
03/10/2011
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