Volunteering

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    Jun 23, 2010 5:04 PM GMT
    Hey everyone, I just recently signed up to volunteer at a gay community center in the city (social causes/social justice is sort of my thing). Anyone on here ever try it before? I'm wondering what I'm going to get myself into.

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    Jun 24, 2010 4:00 AM GMT
    Volunteering can be one of the most fulfilling and enriching experiences...

    It all depends upon what you're volunteering for.

    If you are seeking a career in social justice, then make sure that you voice your desire and select an appropriate volunteer opportunity.

    Just like a paid job, a meaningful and manageable volunteer opportunity has a job description. You should have the opportunity to learn and develop, and whatever you're doing should have a purpose and objective.

    If the organization that you want to serve does not have a job description, offer to help create one with the staff with whom you would be working. You will create value with that first effort.
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    Jun 24, 2010 4:06 AM GMT
    For a while I volunteered at an LGBTQ homeless youth shelter. It's very rewarding.
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    Jun 24, 2010 4:50 AM GMT
    DoomsDayAlpaca saidHey everyone, I just recently signed up to volunteer at a gay community center in the city (social causes/social justice is sort of my thing). Anyone on here ever try it before? I'm wondering what I'm going to get myself into.

    I volunteer for gay causes and organizations all the time. But I can afford to, being retired, and financially independent.

    My experience with a gay community center was traumatic. I staffed their telephones during my shift, and greeted visitors. Among the calls were suicides, and family members of missing or dying gay people in our area, needing help, guidance & support.

    I can throw money at these problems, but I have no skills in personally solving them, nor in offering comfort to others. At least I know my limitations, yet I watched other volunteers who were even worse than me, which sickened me. So that I had to finally withdraw, because it was ripping me apart.

    So now I've found an agency where I can put my narrow skills to good use. I do their computer automation, underwrite and personally represent them at public functions, and fill-in wherever they need me.

    My advice to you is to be clear on what you will be doing, and to agree to nothing that's not within your abilities. But volunteer work in the gay community is one of the most potentially rewarding things you can ever do, and I urge you to try this.
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    Jun 24, 2010 3:17 PM GMT
    I used to volunteer as a "Big" for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America. I hope to do it again soon.

    Peace.
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    Jun 24, 2010 5:33 PM GMT
    Wilton said
    DoomsDayAlpaca saidHey everyone, I just recently signed up to volunteer at a gay community center in the city (social causes/social justice is sort of my thing). Anyone on here ever try it before? I'm wondering what I'm going to get myself into.

    I volunteer for gay causes and organizations all the time. But I can afford to, being retired, and financially independent.

    My experience with a gay community center was traumatic. I staffed their telephones during my shift, and greeted visitors. Among the calls were suicides, and family members of missing or dying gay people in our area, needing help, guidance & support.

    I can throw money at these problems, but I have no skills in personally solving them, nor in offering comfort to others. At least I know my limitations, yet I watched other volunteers who were even worse than me, which sickened me. So that I had to finally withdraw, because it was ripping me apart.

    So now I've found an agency where I can put my narrow skills to good use. I do their computer automation, underwrite and personally represent them at public functions, and fill-in wherever they need me.

    My advice to you is to be clear on what you will be doing, and to agree to nothing that's not within your abilities. But volunteer work in the gay community is one of the most potentially rewarding things you can ever do, and I urge you to try this.


    Ahh you had Peer Counseling? That's the job I sort of want. It falls right in the center of one of my skill sets. I had a really tough time coming to terms with my sexuality when I was growing up so talking to other young people about coming out and accepting themselves is something I feel like I could be good at. When someone talks to me about a problem I just become 100% non judgmental and listen and if they ask for it I try and help them work out a solution that they feel comfortable with.

    I really should switch my major back to psych..
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    Jun 25, 2010 12:57 AM GMT
    DoomsDayAlpaca said...

    Ahh you had Peer Counseling? That's the job I sort of want. ...

    I really should switch my major back to psych..



    Do it. What are you waiting for? What you learn will be invaluable no matter what you may end up finding yourself doing.

    Go for it!

    Alan