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: 02-04-2009
Sun, 01-22-2012 - 5:07am

Holy Batman, Robin!

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Sat, 01-21-2012 - 7:41pm
I think that if you are involving your children in activities that are run by volunteers, you need to be willing to volunteer some time to help. Now I don't necessarily mean groups "requiring" a certain number of hours from every parent or that you have to volunteer somewhat for every activity your child does. But if you want activities to be available for you kids, you need to be willing to make that happen to some extent.

For example, I volunteer for Girl Scouts as both a troop leader and at the Council level. I'm donating quite a bit of my time to not only make Scouting available for my kids, but for lots of other kids as well. I'm not going to feel guilty for not volunteering to coach a sport that my child wants to play. If your kid is in my Scout troop, then my kid can be on your volleyball team.

This is a little OT, but nothing irks me more when someone shows up at a volunteer-run event then criticizes the event. Our Church sponsored a Fall Festival this year. It was all volunteer run. Including the people who donated their truck and trailer for the hay ride (and drove it in a giant circle for hours on end.) They had no idea the crowd they were going to draw. It was very well attended. One volunteer told us about a woman who was complaining about how they had to stand in line for the hay ride and it was cold, and this is ridiculous, and they should be more organized, yadayada. I told the mom she should have said "Oh Great!! Can we count on you to be in charge of the hayride next year?"

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Registered: 01-08-2009
Sat, 01-21-2012 - 7:14pm

I used to get horrifically frustrated with school volunteering because the professional volunteers made it so hard.

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Registered: 02-04-2009
Sat, 01-21-2012 - 5:00pm
sewchris703 wrote:

My position on volunteering--volunteer where you want to and politely say no to everything else.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sat, 01-21-2012 - 3:41pm
I think we all have an obligation to give something back, but it doesn't have to be through formal "volunteering." OTOH, as long as my own kids are in public school and in activities that require volunteers, I feel a responsibility to volunteer there in some formal way.
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Sat, 01-21-2012 - 3:03pm

DH and I teach CCE on Sunday mornings, it's not always fun and lately, it's gotten frustrating but overall, the sacrifice is worth it.... I don't know if I would be so willing to step forward in this capacity if I didn't have my own kids in the program.

 

 

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Registered: 01-08-2009
Sat, 01-21-2012 - 2:41pm
I would very much like to know up front what the expectations are regarding parental or other volunteer involvement, rather than get passive-aggressive, whiny, or desperate pleas about the need for people to step into certain roles after I have joined.
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Registered: 11-14-2011
Sat, 01-21-2012 - 1:22pm
I respect an honest "no". I very much dislike a wishy washy "yes", or someone who says "yes" then doesn't follow through.
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Registered: 11-14-2011
Sat, 01-21-2012 - 1:21pm
I do not get involved in things that have volunteer time as a "requirement".
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Registered: 11-14-2011
Sat, 01-21-2012 - 1:20pm
I think that we have an obligation to society to volunteer, somewhere, somehow. If everyone pulled their weight, even in small ways, then the others wouldn't be overwhelmed.