Do you volunteer?..........

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Mon, 06-16-2003 - 7:43pm
We talk a lot here about what we do at home or work, but beyond those two things, do you volunteer, serve on any committees in your community, raise funds for charity or anything other service capacity that is non-paying?

I serve on our library board of trustees (I'm the secretary), and work in the newborn nursery at our church every Sunday during the Sunday school hour. Hubby and I are also on the parent advisory board at the high school.

How about you?

Cindy

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Mon, 06-16-2003 - 7:57pm
Yes, I volunteer.

I serve on the PTO board (Education Committee chair) for dd1's former school/soon to be dd2's elementary school, teach American Red Cross Community First Aid & Safety classes, and serve on the general and executive boards of our local Infant/Toddler Services Network, an organization which screens and works with children 0-3 with special needs.

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Mon, 06-16-2003 - 8:05pm
I am the donut and coffee lady at church. I set up the reception area every Sunday (pick up the donuts, make the coffee, juice etc). Also every other month help clean the church once a week.
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Mon, 06-16-2003 - 9:16pm
>>We talk a lot here about what we do at home or work, but beyond those two things, do you volunteer, serve on any committees in your community, raise funds for charity or anything other service capacity that is non-paying?

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Nope! Between WFTOH & owning/running three businesses, DH & I are non-stop busy. Any free time we do have is usually spent thinking about how to free up more time by improving our businesses. ;) Perhaps at some point down the line, when the businesses are more able to run "on their own", & when I can WAH instead of commuting 2 hours a day, but for now non-paying work just can't be part of our lives.

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Mon, 06-16-2003 - 10:53pm
Yes, I am currently the President of our community association of 400+ homes. I also am the secretary of the Family Club of our local parish so I'm responsible for all the correspondence/mailings and welcoming of new families. I also make meals for families in our church/neighborhood who have new babies or have sick family members (I also used to be the coordinator of this effort until I had my own baby 3 mths ago). I was also one of the room mothers for my dd's preschool class this past year. I'm also members of a Moms' Group that does various charity drives throughout the year.

I'd love to do more, but with three kids ages 4 and under, I just don't have the capability to do as much as I'd like to. I have the time, but since I am a SAHM, I generally have my kids with me so it limits what I can do.

Maureen

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Mon, 06-16-2003 - 11:18pm
Oh yes. I am a sahm and I stay very active with volunteering. I have a degree in journalism, so I try to use those skills. I am the Public Relations Officer on the Board of Directors for my older son's preschool, I do graphic design for a local parent's group, host a playplace for that same parent's group, and just joined the editorial board for a local parent's newsletter.

Jill

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Mon, 06-16-2003 - 11:25pm
Hey Jill, my degree is in journalism too. I do freelance magazine writing now and then. I'm also a SAHM. Nice to meet you.

Cindy

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Tue, 06-17-2003 - 4:55am
In terms of volunteer efforts, i spent 2 years as the Chairperson for our Parent-run Education Committee for our religious school. In fact, I told the director this May that i couldn't continue because it takes too much time to plan events, but that i would be available to help on any Sunday that they need me.

I plan to be a co-coach for my daughter's basketball team next season.

Additionally, in my school, I am a team leader and while it's a stipended position, it nets me no more than approx. $100 more per month. As a team leader, i'm in charge of 95-100 kids (although next year, i'll have up to 115) and 5 other staff.

When our daughter was first diagnosed with Canavan Disease, dh and i joined with another family and formed our own foundation. In the first 18 months we raised over $150,000 and were able to get our gene therapy project off the ground. I haven't done any fundraising for a few years now.

eileen

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Tue, 06-17-2003 - 7:50am
I volunteer with the Cub Scouts and at the boys' school. I'm a Den Leader for my DS2's den, and I'm the Cubmaster for the Pack. I've also volunteered at the book fair at school and the yearbook committee. I've done other volunteering off and on over the years, depending on my schedule.

I also care for the kids of some single WOHMs I'm friends with. I have the kind of work schedule that allows me the be home with my boys twice a week. I watch 4 other children on Friday afternoons without charging their moms. I don't know if it's considered "volunteering" but I feel I'm helping someone out who needs a break.

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Tue, 06-17-2003 - 8:39am
I mainly volunteer at church. I lead Disciple (an adult Bible study) at our church. I have been the liturgist and DH and I lead children's church once a quarter. I need to volunteer in the nursery but I want to wait until my child is out of it. I sometimes fill-in as our Sunday School class teacher.

DH is on the soccer board and has coached 2 soccer teams. He plans to volunteer at Boy Scouts next year.

Kristi

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Mallory (age 3)

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Tue, 06-17-2003 - 8:56am
Neat question.

I am an ordained deacon and elder in the Presbyterian church, and the bulk of my volunteering is church-related. I am also active in our neighborhood's board of directors (we live in an historic district). Certainly more fun volunteering to be done as the boys get older....

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