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How many of you have done voluntary community work? It is something that I have always wanted to do yet have not done it.

For those that have please share with us some of the details.

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I work for a food bank pantry about twice a month.

Hastur Level 8 Dec 12, 2018

I have always worked (paid) with people with disabilities, however, I volunteer for events and provided transportation for those in need. I also volunteer with my mother with aging adults. I also have a good time.

toots8735 Level 6 Dec 12, 2018

Did tons of it when I was in Brooklyn. Painted the park, prepared and served meals at Senior Center, Adoptions at the shelter (every weekend), collected and delivered supplies after Sandy, Elf at Community Center for annual children's event. Now that I am in Florida I have done volunteer work for political candidates but that's not really community service.

Dandewine Level 7 Dec 12, 2018

I have done volunteer work in several communities I lived in. I delivered meals on wheels when I lived in Overland Park, KS. It is a good way to give back to the community. I have worked my various girl scout troops my kids were in and done a variety of projects. When I was a church member I organized Vacation Bible School, and worked on committees. I worked with my kids' schools on various things.


I worked a few months at a local church that also was a food bank for the homeless or anyone in need. I am glad I did it but it was very physical and strenuous work unloading trucks, lifting and carrying heavy crates. I don't think I would do that particular job again but I would love to do something less physically taxing.

BeeHappy Level 9 Dec 12, 2018

Have done lots, and still do. Beyond the sheer satisfaction, volunteering has more than once led to both job opportunities and some good friendships - even relationships.

The-Krzyz Level 7 Dec 12, 2018

I used to do a lot more. Homeless shelter, food bank and such. The thing I did the most was answer calls on a distress help line. When I first did that, our county only had Crisis during the day. My first suicidal person was daunting. I even got a letter from our governor, not that I intended or wanted to be noticed. Don't do it for those things, but it was nice to be noticed. It should be something you do for your own inner well being.


I sell my art for charity


I have. I took my kids along, as well.

My kids actually liked feeding people at a shelter some xmases.

@Beowulfsfriend Yup. And the homeless in Baltimore, and playing bingo with the elderly at a local elder care facility.

It makes most everyone involved feel good and helps foster humanism and empathy.


I have volunteered all of my adult life. It is rewarding...I probably benefit more than anyone.


I have done quite a bit and found it very rewarding. You meet interesting people - both the people you are working with and fellow volunteers and organisers, and feel you are making a contribution. Some volunteering you have to train for - I trained as a volunteer alcohol counsellor - and it was fascinating.

CeliaVL Level 7 Dec 12, 2018

I've put together and delivered holiday meals for less fortunate families. I enjoyed it, even though it was a church thing.


For most of my daughters' K-12 school years, I volunteered regularly in the schools, chaired Accountability teams, did the PTA president thing, and served two years on the Board of Education. They went too far away for college, so I was let off the hook.

Byrdsfan Level 8 Dec 12, 2018

When I was in undergrad I volunteered for a program that provided books to kids in elementary school. I would get a supply of books, one for each child in the class, and I'd bring them to the school, hand them out, and then sit and read it to them. I also volunteered at the St. Louis rape crisis center as a hospital advocate. Every time a woman was raped and was taken to the hospital, an advocate would meet her there for support and to offer services. Every single time, whether reporting or not.


like you, I want to but haven't yet.....


When I was on active duty, I volunteered in a program called Partners in Education, helping school kids with reading and math. Helped me to see how schools were changing how they presented material.

One of my regrets from on active duty, as I volunteer for many things since then, was not going to paint at an orphanage in Korea. My fear of leprosy kept me away. A better understanding, now, of the disease wouldn't prevent me now.


I have volunteered at different times of my life and I have enjoyed them all. Right now I am volunteering with the Red Cross, Meals on Wheels, and grocery shopping for those who can’t. So far the Red Cross is my favorite one. I also volunteered for the food bank and they had a garden which I planted with vegetables.

MsHoliday Level 8 Dec 12, 2018

@Shelton Usually about twice a week or more if they need me.

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