Volunteering

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Volunteering
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Fri, 01-20-2012 - 5:30pm

Everywhere I look it seems that organizations are asking for your help as a volunteer.

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Sun, 01-22-2012 - 2:38pm

I think some SAH does look stepford and that's a perfect image I stay as far away from as possible!

 


 


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Registered: 03-29-1999
Sun, 01-22-2012 - 1:05pm
That's actually not my image of the professional volunteer. Mine is more the career SAH mom who has to create the "perfect" environment for her family and cares more about image than substance. But it's just a stereotype that is based in little more than TV images. I'm sure both types exist out there, as well as others.
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Registered: 03-29-1999
Sun, 01-22-2012 - 1:01pm
I'm not sure I understand what you are saying.

"Girls scouts was one of those programs I never wanted a part of and I'm thankful my daughters were never interested in it too. I have a friend who is heavily involved, she is the leader of several groups and I admire her energy. But I've become the ear of many of her rants about it which usually boil down to who is more involved and judgement calls about those who aren't and I have to say that seals my own lack of interest about the whole thing!I"

So are you saying that your friend's rants are how you have formed your opinion about the whole organization?
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Registered: 10-23-2001
Sun, 01-22-2012 - 11:39am
Moms who put big league paid for careers on hold to SAH and be the push behind every single volunteer/fund raising opportunity at school... Yea, it exists!

 


 


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Registered: 10-23-2001
Sun, 01-22-2012 - 11:17am
Girls scouts was one of those programs I never wanted a part of and I'm thankful my daughters were never interested in it too. I have a friend who is heavily involved, she is the leader of several groups and I admire her energy. But I've become the ear of many of her rants about it which usually boil down to who is more involved and judgement calls about those who aren't and I have to say that seals my own lack of interest about the whole thing!I don't like complainers either but I do think having the force to change things you don't like can be a good thing, there isn't a lot of involvement in extras at our school and there are things I wish would change there but instead of rocking the whole boat I've found it easier to just help in little ways, Lol.

 


 


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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sun, 01-22-2012 - 11:15am
Lol. I guess it's the schools we chose, but I've just never run across any of these "professional volunteers" irl. Hilarious.
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Registered: 03-29-1999
Sun, 01-22-2012 - 10:18am
I think volunteering is important. It is what enables many things to happen in this world and we all need to contribute something to make the world a better place. However, how much time you spend doing that is only determined by you. Work status has nothing to do with it.

I'm a working mom who volunteers quite a bit.
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Registered: 03-29-1999
Sun, 01-22-2012 - 10:11am
But if the kids had made the hats, then they wouldn't all be identical and perfect and someone might fall a notch on the "Perfect Mother" scale....Sheesh! Don't you know how it works?
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Sun, 01-22-2012 - 8:25am

Heh.

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Registered: 01-08-2009
Sun, 01-22-2012 - 8:05am
It was because I was new at the school and wanted to meet other parents. It was me and three other people. And somehow it didn't seem right on my first day, to ask, "Isn't this kind of stupid?"