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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Mon, 01-23-2012 - 7:43pm
DS' soccer team is pretty much managed by the coaches, that's not without saying that us parents whose kids play don't help but when we offer up snacks, to carpool, etc. that's totally voluntary and not some forced on to you requirement... My kid is only nine but calling volunteering a requiremnet would be a total turn off to me even if it was older ball.

 


 


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Mon, 01-23-2012 - 7:29pm
At my son's current school there is this annual formal dinner/fundraiser that is one of the biggest parties in oour town. Think the Junior League dinner in "The Help." The ProVos run that. To be fair, it raises an enormous amount of money for the school. The rest of us do all the other jobs in the school.
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Mon, 01-23-2012 - 5:49pm

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Mon, 01-23-2012 - 4:25pm

"The last time she asked me my name, I made one up."

That is hilarious!

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Mon, 01-23-2012 - 3:34pm

Note to Melissa: Stay away! I'm only partially joking. Your 8th grade party planners sound just like the ones in the school my son was in last year. I volunteered for a few things, but the professional volunteers made it pretty clear that they had things well under control. Fine with me! If it's that important to someone else, she can have the job.

There was one mom in particular who:

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Mon, 01-23-2012 - 1:45pm
jamblessedthree wrote:
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.

I can't understand why the judgment call rants reflected on the organization instead of the one person doing it, your friend.

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
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Mon, 01-23-2012 - 1:29pm
I'm hesitant to get involved with the 8th grade party because I've heard that the moms from the other middle school (we have two) tend to take it over, become pretty cliquey, and aren't that receptive to our help. Although that's not type of group I like to work with, I still feel like I should show up just to find out more about the party. I also would like to find out for myself how the group interacts with each other. So far the meetings have conflicted with other meetings I've had, but there is one this week I'm thinking about attending. With baseball season right around the corner and the annual PTO night coming up, I don't have a lot of time right now to give them.

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Mon, 01-23-2012 - 1:22pm
emptynester2009 wrote:

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Sun, 01-22-2012 - 6:06pm
I've never really experienced my own image of a "professional volunteer" first hand. I have experienced some people who are rather controlling about what the way they think things should be and aren't real open to new ideas. I don't enjoy that.
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Sun, 01-22-2012 - 4:40pm
My stereotype is that it's a upper-middle class suburban mom phenomenon.

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