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.