Does anyone volunteer for any organizations?

  • Import

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    Aug 28, 2012 8:06 PM GMT
    If so, which ones do you volunteer your valuable time?

    I'm interested in doing some volunteer work. It doesn't have to be in an LGBT capacity, but I'm not against that. I'm willing to volunteer with environmental clean-ups, animal rescues and shelters, libraries, etc... Considering doing something for the elderly and infirmed, catering to the needs of the homeless, etc.. Maybe some chairty events that need people to organize and direct people?

    Please note: I do not want to work with children as a mentor/big-brother.

    Anyone volunteer their time and in what capacity?
  • Lanter

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    Aug 28, 2012 8:44 PM GMT
    I don't work for charities, I run them. ;D I am actively involved with over 5 charities 4 of them on a regular basis and 2 of them I have been with for over 10 years. I think on of them is actually closer to 15 and one I'm an elected board member. I help the disabled and I feed the needy. This includes the homeless up to the former millionaires. I can tell you many stories of both. I'm also involved with helping run a 3000 acre park. All of my main charities are government funded, so hopefully, they'll never end.
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    Aug 28, 2012 8:52 PM GMT
    Lanter saidI don't work for charities, I run them. ;D I am actively involved with over 5 charities 4 of them on a regular basis and 2 of them I have been with for over 10 years. I think on of them is actually closer to 15 and one I'm an elected board member. I help the disabled and I feed the needy. This includes the homeless up to the former millionaires. I can tell you many stories of both. I'm also involved with helping run a 3000 acre park. All of my main charities are government funded, so hopefully, they'll never end.


    Very cool dude. And how exactly did u get involved with all of this? It sounds like you've been doing this type of thing since u were a kid, being that you're only 23. I would like to do something along the lines of what you're doing, but when I do some basic searches on it--I am hard-pressed to come up with much.
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    Aug 28, 2012 9:19 PM GMT
    if you like environmental stuff, think about where nearby wetlands/watersheds are and google information related to them... these areas usually need lots of volunteer help (removing invasive species, performing maintenance, etc) and many have volunteer organizations dedicated specifically to the upkeep of those areas. (I used to volunteer at a state park's dedicated non-profit)

    there are always soup kitchens but I was a little annoyed with the ways volunteers were used there... it seemed like they handled volunteers with kid gloves and tried to minimize contact with the scary homeless people.

    things that are animal or medical related often involve a 3- or 6-month commitment, which can be annoying, but they provide lots of training for these volunteer positions so there's more responsibility
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    Aug 28, 2012 10:27 PM GMT
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    Aug 28, 2012 10:40 PM GMT
    why do you wanna volunteer?

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    Aug 28, 2012 10:42 PM GMT
    I help feed the needy.
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    Aug 28, 2012 10:50 PM GMT
    I help run a Community Choir. We sang for the Olympic Torch thing in London icon_smile.gif
  • AMoonHawk

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    Aug 28, 2012 10:54 PM GMT
    A full time career doesn't actually leave me any time to volunteer .... I barely have time to do laundry
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    Aug 28, 2012 11:03 PM GMT
    Please don't place your decisions on what somebody else is doing.

    Find your own passion. BTW if you call and volunteer and nobody calls you back within a wk, move on. They are too disorganized to deserve someone who wants to help out.
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    Aug 29, 2012 12:01 AM GMT
    I volunteer a couple of nights a week at the ASPCA Animal shelter down the street from my house. I let the dogs out to play and get some exercise and check on the ones that might be sick. I also volunteer for our local running group. I help plan and organize races and training and I speak at different organizations about the health benefits of running and getting into shape.
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    Aug 29, 2012 12:26 AM GMT
    If you're looking for a long-tern gig, I work with Guide Dogs for the Blind as a puppy raiser. You get a 2 mo. puppy from them and raise and train it for a year. After a year they go back to Guide Dogs HQ for official guide training, after which you get to attend their graduation ceremony and meet the person they will be guiding. And if the dog is dropped from the program for any reason (health, disposition, training issues, etc.), you have the option of keeping them as a normal pet. It's a big commitment but really rewarding!
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    Aug 29, 2012 12:36 AM GMT
    Try this organization: http://www.actionagainsthunger.org/.
    They do an amazing job with their live saving programs ( nutrition, WASH Food Security). I appreciate their valuable efforts in helping the needy.


  • JerseyBlues

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    Aug 29, 2012 12:51 AM GMT
    Not only did I work in public radio, I also continue to volunteer at the local public stations in each city I live in, too. I've also volunteered at the HRC for the last 5 years in all capacities. And with The Victory Fund.

    I think everyone should volunteer for any type of organization that they believe in.
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    Aug 29, 2012 12:55 AM GMT
    For quite a number of years up until my border collie was too old I volunteered two nights a week doing pet therapy/visits. Monday evenings at the hospitals psych unit and palliative care ward and Weds evenings at a local nursing home. I had planned on continuing when our youngest border collie reached about 2 years old but he didn't have the aptitude for it and would surely have failed the testing requirements that were very stringent because it might only take one dog to bite a patient and they'd be possibly sued or shut down.. The old dog was brilliant at it, almost like he was born to do it. He could open doors, push elevator buttons, gently place a ball in a persons hand and wait seemingly forever for them to either drop it or throw it and then bring it right back and put it into their hand or into their lap if he knew they could hold it. He could reach around into his saddlebags, open it and take out a toy and give it to someone. Open the old ladies purses to get the treats they invariably kept for him. And I never had to train him, except how to open a door handle or call the elevator, which only took about 10-15 minutes each.
  • Lanter

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    Aug 29, 2012 1:02 AM GMT
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    Lanter saidI don't work for charities, I run them. ;D I am actively involved with over 5 charities 4 of them on a regular basis and 2 of them I have been with for over 10 years. I think on of them is actually closer to 15 and one I'm an elected board member. I help the disabled and I feed the needy. This includes the homeless up to the former millionaires. I can tell you many stories of both. I'm also involved with helping run a 3000 acre park. All of my main charities are government funded, so hopefully, they'll never end.


    Very cool dude. And how exactly did u get involved with all of this? It sounds like you've been doing this type of thing since u were a kid, being that you're only 23. I would like to do something along the lines of what you're doing, but when I do some basic searches on it--I am hard-pressed to come up with much.


    I was always mature for my age and my mom did a lot of charity work so I just got friendly with many of the same people and it all sort of happened. I can tell you that I have learned and grown so much as a direct result from my experiences with them. I was sort of "pulled" farther into them as the years went on because I did what I do with them so well.

    Since your on the west coast, I think one of the few things I can do to help you find a place to help out is give you a few suggestions/advice as to what makes a good volunteer. This is coming from somone who has watched hundreds of volunteers turnover during the last few decades, and manages them on a regular basis.

    I don't have time to write a lot now, but I'll give two pieces of advice.

    First of all, many volunteers get very egotistical and power hungry. There is A LOT more I can say on this topic but I'll leave it at that for the sake of time.

    Second of all, show dedication. Everyone has busy lives and its not about being there EVERY SINGLE time there is an opportunity, but don't say your going to be there every week or month or whatever and then not showup. Just honor the commitments and if you can't commit to a certain day or time or whatever, don't.

    I have a lot more, but I have to go now. I can write more later though.
  • FireDoor211

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    Aug 29, 2012 1:11 AM GMT
    I have a volunteering addiction. I used to do alot of lgbt/HIV/std awareness events. Then I moved on to donating my time at animal shelters cleaning cages and feeding animals. I do habitat for humanity everytime there's a build near me. I have volunteered to help many small businesses get on their feet helping with marketing/advertising and consulting. I donate my graphic design and photography skills to help out friends and businesses all the time. I've done relay for life and other cancer related benefits. That's all I can think of right now, I'm pretty sure there's more.
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    Aug 29, 2012 1:22 AM GMT
    Since I been helping my friends younger siblings improve their life my recent lil bro encouraged me to be a big brother so i'm currently in the process of becoming a big brother =D
  • Nakedman1969

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    Aug 29, 2012 1:58 AM GMT
    I volunteer for our only hospital here in town. Next year will be ten years I have been volunteering there and I love doing it. Yes I've had my ups and downs but over all I have enjoy myself.
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    Oct 06, 2013 11:23 PM GMT
    How sad, so few gay guys volunteering.

    I'm a feral cat colony manager for my town since Hurricanes Irene and Sandy left many cats unfed.

    Volunteerism to the community is a way to demonstrate that Gays are not about public sex, lewd behavior, drugs, drunkenness and self absorption as is commonly on display at Gay "Pride" celebrations. Please demonstrate otherwise through Volunteerism to the community.

    Guys, when conservatives have to overcome their homophobia they also have to approve of public sex, lewd behavior, drugs, drunkenness and self absorption.

    It's rare that you hear of Lesbians being attacked in gay bias crimes and it's also rare that they are involved in public sex, lewd behavior, drugs, drunkenness and self absorption. My experience is that Lesbians volunteer at a higher rate than Gay men.
  • Fritter

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    Oct 06, 2013 11:25 PM GMT
    I used to be the timekeeper for a local Jr "C" hockey club. I also help out with the local Santa Claus parade, and a charity canoe race here in June.
  • cavecanem10

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    Oct 06, 2013 11:25 PM GMT
    I am an HIV counselor at a free STD clinic. It's something I'm passionate and think that education and open discussion are essential to helping the community.

    I also will be a volunteer at a hospital ICU. I'm not working while going to school, so I have a decent amount of free time on my hands now.

    Like others have said, find something that you like to do and you're going to be passionate about, otherwise it'll be perfunctory and you won't like it.
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    Oct 06, 2013 11:27 PM GMT
    +1
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    Oct 06, 2013 11:32 PM GMT
    I've been trying to get a hold of a local LGBT center in philadelphia, william way, to find out about any volunteering opportunities, when I learn more I'll definitely share!

    my dad volunteers once a week at a local animal shelter and he absolutely loves it. it brings him so much joy, my mother is thinking about joining him when she retires.

    I've tried to look up other LGBT organizations to volunteer with but for some reason I can't find anything tangible. everything directs me to donate money, not time.

    just google local organizations relating to your interests and your bound to find something eventually! good luck!
  • Eli_jah

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    Oct 06, 2013 11:37 PM GMT
    Import saidIf so, which ones do you volunteer your valuable time?

    I'm interested in doing some volunteer work. It doesn't have to be in an LGBT capacity, but I'm not against that. I'm willing to volunteer with environmental clean-ups, animal rescues and shelters, libraries, etc... Considering doing something for the elderly and infirmed, catering to the needs of the homeless, etc.. Maybe some chairty events that need people to organize and direct people?

    Please note: I do not want to work with children as a mentor/big-brother.

    Anyone volunteer their time and in what capacity?


    I'm working an internship at a non-profit that is very social justice driven. We do a lot of work with undocumented immigrants, and we are even working with US Representatives on a bill, but who knows what will happen with that.

    I actually want to start a "gay affirmative awareness" movement that will manifest as a web site (essays/blog combined with the power of social media) and a "stage" show/rally/walking around and speaking with people. My aim is to examine the gay world as a sociological construct, and the many profound and positive ways that we can revolutionize ideas about love, sex, empathy, and humanity.

    I also hope to slog through all the disparate elements of the GW, you know, the tragic stuff, but it will definitely be something more grassroots and that will involve people within the "community" in virtual space (Internet) and on the streets of New York (but who knows, it can go international)

    The name of the project is Honest Truth (I'm also examining the idea of absolute truth and self actualization). So yeah, probably something I will work on for a while, but I would like to be able to do that as a living, though I don't know what the job title would be, haha. icon_lol.gif

    (Damn, this dude wrote a novel!)