Do you volunteer?

@BunGirl (2639)
United States
December 1, 2006 9:58am CST
As the secretary of an animal rescue group I am often charged with coordinating volunteers for events and projects. I am always amazed to see the type of people who do and do not give their time to charities they support. What about you? Do you volunteer? Why or why not?
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14 responses
• Philippines
3 Dec 06
yup, i'd volunteer. i've signed up with operation smile, children's organ transplant association(?) (COTA), and best buddies, i guess... but they're pretty much international companies, so i never done any field work with them. i've helped some organizations here when i was still in high school. :) now, i volunteer at some company events whenever i have the time... :) i'd volunteer for you if you need help. :)
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@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
3 Dec 06
Don't think I don't appreciate the offer, but I need folks in Texas. :-) HOWEVER, if you're looking for a place to volunteer, you might check out PAWS -- they're an animal welfare group in the Philippines. http://www.pitstopit.com/paws3/volunteering.htm
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• Philippines
3 Dec 06
ok, will do. thanks Ms. Bungirl! :)
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@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
4 Dec 06
I did volunteer work for a hospice a few years ago. I quit because it dien't really seem as though they needed me. I got about 4 alzheimer's patients to visit but they were usually asleep when I visited so I didn't want to wake them and I don't think the nursing facility wanted me to either. In fact, I felt like I was in thier way a lot of the time. I do try to volunteer my services where I see it might be needed, like shopping or running errands for people who can't get out. I think I would really enjoy working with animals like you. I'm an animal lover.
@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
4 Dec 06
You should look up your local SPCA or other animal welfare group. They are always looking for a few good folks!
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@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
4 Dec 06
We have a humane shelter near us and I was talking to a lady in church this morning who was going to do volunteer work at PetSmart to raise money for the animal shelter. I think I will ask her about it soon. My mom has been sick and had heart surgery recently so I haven't been able to get out much lately except for doctor's appointments.
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@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
5 Dec 06
Oh, doing adopt-a-pets and fund raisers at petsmart is one of my favorite parts of my job! You will love this if you try it.
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
3 Dec 06
I used to volunteer at two different places. One of the places that I volunteered at became a full time and permanent job due to them being impressed with my work ethic and reliability. I volunteered at the Multiple Schlerosis Scoiety and my current employer that provides training and job placing for disabled people.
@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
3 Dec 06
Kudos to you!!! Sounds like you're the type of volunteer folks like me are constantly working for. Great to have a full-time job that gives back to the community, isn't it?
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
3 Dec 06
MS Society - The other place that I did volunteer work.
Yes, it is great to have a full time job that gives back to the community and cares about all people. It is very nice and love it. It is very rewarding. Thank you for the best response.
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@dalejr38 (2421)
• United States
1 Dec 06
No i dont
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@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
1 Dec 06
Why not? I'm curious.
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@imadriscoll (2230)
• United States
11 Jan 07
My husband and I volunteer at our church quite a bit. We our youth group leaders for two different high school groups, we are T&T leaders for the Awana program, and I volunteer as the church secretary. We have three young children so it's hard to allow for much more volunteering then this. I think that I will continue to volunteer the rest of my life as I find it very fulfilling.
• Philippines
3 Jan 07
Yeah, I do a volunteer work once. I volunteered as a kindergarten teacher for two months. It was last year from April to May 2006. I enjoyed being with the kids a lot. Seeing them learn from things that I taught them makes all the effort worth it.
@ssh123 (31100)
• India
19 Dec 06
I volunteer for childwelfare programmes. I was in a group of youth to promote hobbies among the school children as an educational avocation. I also contribute in money and kind to schools which have not so well do family's children. It looks like when I retire I will be doing it on full time basis. My wife and myself distribute 1000 sets of sketch pens to children to draw, conducting of painting show for children, offering them prizes. In fact I visited US by taking exhibits of children who won Gold and silver medals at New york show. I love to be volunteer. Regarding animal welfare there are many associations including SPCA - society for prevention of curely to animals, and another called CUPA. My neice is fond of animals and she hates people who trouble animals.
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@vincent72 (1634)
• Australia
6 Dec 06
i do volenteer work for the gemological foundation in town near me , once a week and it gives me extra experience working with gemstones
@Idlewild (6094)
• United States
6 Dec 06
Yes, I've volunteered at a couple of different hospitals. I occasionally volunteer for a food rescue charity, and also for a group that supports my town's library.
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@beckyomg1 (6758)
• United States
6 Dec 06
no but have thought about it. woudl like to do at a school
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@suedarr (2382)
• Canada
5 Dec 06
Yes I do volunteer work. Currently I adminstrate PSICAN Paranormal Studies and Investigation Canada. We are all volunteers. http://www.psican.org/ I first volunteered for the Metro Toronto Zoo when I was 18. It was a lot of fun and a rewarding experience. That summer I learned a lot about birds of prey as that was the exhibit I volunteered with.
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@Bev1986 (1427)
• United States
17 Mar 07
I am in charge of our Angel Food Ministry at our church. It is a food program where people can purchase a whole basket full of food for only $25. The food is worth between $50 and $75! This is a monthly program, so there is a lot of time spent on this program each month by a lot of volunteers! It has been a real blessing to our church in so many ways!
@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
17 Mar 07
That sounds a lot like the program my Grandmother works with in her church. They call it something different though -- something to do with a pantry I think. At any rate, they put together grocery bags for needy folks at a fraction of the price. She's always going to the bakery outlets and whatnot to get extra goodies to throw in. "Something for the kids" she days. LOL
@fcrifcri (122)
• Italy
14 Mar 07
Really not or maybe yes, probably because my job is based on volunteer and I am a professional that sometime is also a volunteer. It's dificult to explain but I am paid for something but at the same time I am a volunteer.
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• Australia
11 Jan 07
I'm a carer for SAFE (Saving Animals from Euthanasia)...at the moment I have a little kitten and an 8 month old puppy to look after! Unfortunately my partner won't let me keep the kitten as we already have a cat! lol I've been doing it for about 8 months now and love it! Just seeing some of these animals come in malnourished, scared and just generally not very happy...then after a couple of weeks of TLC they are ready to head out to their new home! It's hard for me to say goodbye to some of them though - you get very attached after having them in your home and in your life for a month or so... =( But I wouldn't give it up for the world!
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