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Old 12-15-2016, 04:17 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I meant discouraging others about volunteering.
The OP isn't discouraging. It's informative, and a good heads-up about possible problems in volunteer positions.

I'm lucky that my volunteer jobs (both in libraries) are with people who are happy to have me there and express it to me often. DH was volunteering at a park. The people he was working with changed, the tasks he was given to do changed, and it wound up being so thankless he stopped doing it. (He has since discussed it with the people currently there, and is volunteering in a different way.)
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Old 12-15-2016, 04:20 PM
 
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Some years ago when I was living alone after a divorce, I got involved with a food distribution non-profit called S.H.A.R.E. I don't remember what the acronym stood for. It was purportedly run by the Society of Friends (Quakers). The idea was that you paid some small amount -- like $12 -- in advance, then the pooled funds were used to make wholesale buys of foodstuffs. You were also asked to volunteer a certain number of hours a month to help keep the operation running.

I always volunteered on distribution day, making up boxes of food to hand out. I liked it because no one was on a power trip. Plus you got a variety of foods.

Unfortunately I moved away when I bought my condo and lost track of the people. I would like to do it again but it seems the program no longer exists.
Sounds like a program in central Minnesota ( same name)
Our church secretary found out about it and her recently retired husband loves volunteering there.
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Old 12-15-2016, 04:35 PM
 
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The Master Gardener program is run by your state university, which operates your county extension program. It is scientific in nature; if you become a MG, you will learn a lot of the current science regarding soils, plants, etc. They teach both organic and non organic methods, btw - you have to agree to provide info about both...I learned a lot while a MG, met some great people, *and* got a great MG mug! :-)
There was such a group in the town I lived in. Besides the training and regular get-togethers for the purpose of being available to people needing help with plants (walk-in clinic), they had access to great printed and online resources. The people I asked questions of were very knowledgeable and eager to assist. I would say they are one of the better volunteer orgs out there.

They also planted some beautiful public gardens in the area, emphasizing native and native-compatible plants.
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Old 12-15-2016, 04:44 PM
 
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Volunteering is certainly not for everyone. I have a friend who does volunteer work (and her time is also very valuable to her community). There's always one who causes problems for the whole group. That person would be a bigger help by not volunteering.
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Old 12-15-2016, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, Ca
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When it's everyone "else" but you.... it's usually you who are the problem.
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Old 12-15-2016, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I have taught ESL and worked for dog rescue. Maybe next I will look into a food bank or meal service. I haven't found anything yet that I LOVED but I will keep on looking.
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Old 12-15-2016, 06:22 PM
 
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I have taught ESL and worked for dog rescue. Maybe next I will look into a food bank or meal service. I haven't found anything yet that I LOVED but I will keep on looking.
I am puzzled about the whole volunteer idea. Perhaps you can explain. What would make it something that you would LOVE to do? Is it the idea of doing as much as possible to help others or is it finding something that is fun for you to do?
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Old 12-15-2016, 06:30 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Not all volunteering spots work out. My current volunteering experience is not very fulfilling. I'm on an executive board of a professional foundation...the only non-professional. They say they want more non-professionals but I'm it. Another non-professional volunteer threw in the towel a while back. We meet once a month but really don't accomplish much. We go through the motions but that's it. It's also a 45 minute drive to attend meetings. So, I'm on the hunt for something new to replace or maybe add to the board. There are a couple active "Friends of ..." groups that might work out.
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Old 12-15-2016, 07:03 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I am puzzled about the whole volunteer idea. Perhaps you can explain. What would make it something that you would LOVE to do? Is it the idea of doing as much as possible to help others or is it finding something that is fun for you to do?
Often has to do with the management / co-volunteers. Varies just like a job... some groups just do not fit (social or management / service delivery). Often you will find the group / volunteer service are NOT as you expected +/-. I like 'engaged' activities and volunteers (you will not find me attending a table at a Bake Sale), but I very well may be serving free meals to shut-ins, or homeless. I avoid 'meeting-centric' groups. When they finally DECIDE what they are going to do, they can call me when the ACTION / 'doing' begins.

Even within organizations, it is usually wise to 'pick-and-choose' how / when and WHO with you volunteer.

Many volunteers are 'OVER-THE-TOP' ex-managers who never got enough 'Bossing' done in their previous life.

I have friends the LOVE to volunteer at local horse farm for helping disabled kids. Not my cup of tea after growing up on a ranch! (but my sis LOVES it!).

Some people LOVE people, some love Plants, some L animals, some L crafts, some Teaching, some learning.

Do what fits and makes you feel you have served a worthwhile cause.

Our days are numbered (fewer daily)
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Old 12-15-2016, 07:24 PM
 
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There are definitely politics in volunteer work. I have done tons of volunteer work. Politics are just as bad in any workplace. There is also competition amongst volunteers to do certain things. I recently volunteered to teach ESL. Got lesson plans ready and took time away from my family to attend the first class. When I walked in, they told me someone else was taking over, just like that. It was a woman who decided at the last minute she wanted to teach ESL, and she was friends with the director, so the director booted me out so her friend could take my place. The irony is, that the woman wound up having to quit after the first class because of a family issue. Then, they humbly asked me to come back and I told them to go get effed.


And if you say you want to stop volunteering you can get labeled a bad person. Volunteers are expected to be saints and persevere no matter what.
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