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Old 07-03-2019, 11:30 AM
 
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Ny last volunteer gig was at a Cancer Thrift Store mainly re-arranging the items, sort of like an interior decorator

Next March a close friend is heading an annual fundraiser for the local Fire Dept. No doubt I'll be helping greatly

My dream volunteer job is to re-hab birds but they have plenty of volunteers and a long waiting list. I asked if could I just sit in the trainings, they declined. We rehabbed a baby robin last year, it was a wonderful experience.
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Old 07-03-2019, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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I volunteer through the Master Naturalists program. It is similar to Master Gardners but you learn/teach about the entire environment. I usually act as a rover at a local park. I have been involved in outdoor/nature programs my entire life.
I've thought about taking their course as well, that way I'd finish the "triad": Master Gardener, Master Naturalist, and Tree Steward. Now that the Master Naturalists hold their classes at the university close to me I may well sign up in the fall. It's a very intensive course, but my brain could use the stimulation, lol. The only thing I worry about is the volunteer work, because a some of it is labor intensive and a too strenuous for my heart. I'm sure I could find suitable alternatives though, and there are a number of Master Gardeners who are Master Naturalists as well. I actually did a special project at a local park that was endorsed by both groups. There is a new native plants garden installed at the same park that was funded by the Master Naturalists but that had Master Gardener support as well, and volunteers for both groups got credit hours.
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Old 07-05-2019, 08:34 AM
 
Location: USA
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What tasks do volunteers at a fire station do?
They could be “associate” members and help with work within the fire station, making meals when Hurricanes/Floods etc. roll in by feeding FF’s and anyone they take in for shelter.

“Volleys” have to go through a long process of training, study, practicals and pass exams before they are allowed on apparatus to respond to calls. Then there is ongoing training and drills.


85% of Firefighters in the USA are volunteer.

Like any profession there will be detractors on volunteers.

However, interior firefighting is equally Challenging as a fire does not ask to see your paycheck aa you enter a burning structure.

Big cities with large tax base can afford Paid Firefighters.

The firefighters in this country started out as volunteer in 1736. Still going on today........
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Old 07-05-2019, 08:44 AM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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I've thought about taking their course as well, that way I'd finish the "triad": Master Gardener, Master Naturalist, and Tree Steward. Now that the Master Naturalists hold their classes at the university close to me I may well sign up in the fall. It's a very intensive course, but my brain could use the stimulation, lol. The only thing I worry about is the volunteer work, because a some of it is labor intensive and a too strenuous for my heart. I'm sure I could find suitable alternatives though, and there are a number of Master Gardeners who are Master Naturalists as well. I actually did a special project at a local park that was endorsed by both groups. There is a new native plants garden installed at the same park that was funded by the Master Naturalists but that had Master Gardener support as well, and volunteers for both groups got credit hours.
Here the naturalist program has community service as volunteer work: talking to groups, presenting programs etc. I’ve been on several eco-walks lead by people doing their volunteer work through the program.
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