Volunteering, Charity Work, and Community Service

How do you give back to your community and engage with the social issues most important to you? This is a place to share ideas for directly helping worthy causes and people in need, to spread information about volunteer opportunities to others, and to receive feedback about the quality of service organizations. It's also a place to discuss the stress of charity work and to help support one another with related frustration, struggles, and burnout.

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Welcome, @Dingodog! It's good to have you with us. What interests you most about volunteer work and serving your community?
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resserts 8 NY Aug 18 Aug 18 11 comment
Welcome, @hippydog. Glad to have you! How has volunteer work affected your outlook on life?
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resserts 8 NY Aug 7 Aug 7 22 comments
There are a lot of days I feel like this.
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BudFrank 7 NC Aug 7 Aug 7 11 comment
Hello, @thinktwice, and welcome! What interests you about community service work? What has been your biggest challenge or greatest reward?
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resserts 8 NY July 31 Jul 31 22 comments
I teach 3, 2 hour classes of English to new immigrants a week. Iranians, Chinese, Syrians, Venezuelans, Brazilians, North Africans, Colombians etc. It changes all the time. I have yet to meet anyone that was not nice. Amazing stories, from bright ...
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morlll 6 Canada July 30 Jul 30 22 comments
What first got you interested in volunteer work? I was reared in the Catholic faith, and I was active in my church (altar server and so on) but I never considered that to be volunteer work. We were required, for high school graduation, to ...
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resserts 8 NY July 30 Jul 30 33 comments
Welcome, @MST3K! I think I missed you when you joined up. If so, my apologies. What's your poison? Is there anything in particular that interests you in community service work?
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resserts 8 NY July 30 Jul 30 00 comments
Welcome @yvilletom and @IchbineineTomate! We're glad to have you. What are your interests when it comes to volunteer work? Do you have any experiences you'd like to share, tales of challenges you've had, anything you'd like to pursue in the ...
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resserts 8 NY July 30 Jul 30 11 comment
This article is shocking, and I can unequivocally say from my own experience over 10 years, it's 99% true. [truthdig.com] My own work is in a rural community doing the kind of community support (education, nutrition, job provision) that prevents ...
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Allamanda 8 Virgin Islands, U.S. July 7 Jul 7 11 comment
Welcome, @William77. Glad to have you in the group. Are you currently engaged in volunteer activity, or interested exploring service options?
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resserts 8 NY June 16 Jun 16 11 comment
Just got here but could see the flooding from the plane.
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BudFrank 7 NC June 16 Jun 16 22 comments
I’m off to St. Louis Saturday for the recovery effort there. I’ll be there a couple of weeks.
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BudFrank 7 NC June 13 Jun 13 22 comments
Welcome, @Corvislover! What forms of volunteer work do you do? What have you found to be most rewarding about the work in which you engage?
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resserts 8 NY May 21 May 21 22 comments
Welcome, @happyhiker1! Glad to have you here! How are you involved in your community? What volunteer experiences have you found to be the most emotionally rewarding?
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resserts 8 NY May 18 May 18 00 comments
I don't know if this is interesting to the group - but what the heck. After 6 months of admin, fundraising, etc. and almost daily phone/email contact with up to 30 people in Haiti, I'm back at my project there. I've spent the last week on Ile a ...
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Allamanda 8 Virgin Islands, U.S. May 18 May 18 44 comments
Welcome to the gang, @morlll. We're glad to have you. What volunteer work do you enjoy, and what do you find challenging about it?
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resserts 8 NY May 16 May 16 00 comments
I lobby 27 more states to ratify the 1st AMENDMENT local democracy in Congress 50 thousand persons per Congressional DISTRICT adopt a highway mentor primative emerging escaping Atheists from the heaven bribe hell threat cults and work for peace ...
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GreenAtheist 8 IA May 15 May 15 11 comment
Welcome, @GEGR! Glad to have you aboard. How do you enjoy contributing withing your community?
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resserts 8 NY May 14 May 14 00 comments
Just joined this group. I do volunteer within my community as a Citizen Deputy for the Sheriff Department of my county in NC. I went through a police training 6 week class in 2009 in North Carolina for this job. I volunteer to help with rape cases ...
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sweetcharlotte 8 NC May 11 May 11 55 comments
Looks like I may be going to Texas or Oklahoma in a couple of days with the Red Cross response to the storms currently going through there.
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BudFrank 7 NC May 8 May 8 22 comments
Welcome, @Robecology! What's your poison? I.e., what are your outlets for charity work or other volunteer activities?
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resserts 8 NY May 5 May 5 11 comment
Welcome to the group, @Jandii! What's your preferred area of volunteer work? What do you consider to be the most interesting part of what you do? Or what's been your best service experience?
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resserts 8 NY May 3 May 3 11 comment
Welcome to the group, @Paracosm! Glad to have you. What volunteer work interests you? What's been your best experience with volunteering?
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resserts 8 NY Apr 28 Apr 28 11 comment
I took arbitration training about a month ago. It was three days of process and procedure and law. I was expecting something halfway between mediation and court, but it is basically just court — less formal, but otherwise pretty much the same. ...
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resserts 8 NY Apr 25 Apr 25 33 comments
Welcome to the group, @BudFrank. What's your passion when it comes to volunteer work and community service? What do you love? What do you find challenging?
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resserts 8 NY Apr 1 Apr 1 11 comment


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