Volunteering During the Holidays

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    Nov 23, 2009 2:53 AM GMT
    or any day of the year for that matter.........

    There's a day care center near me and everyThanksgiving I join them for a few hours to help out. I especially like to sit with some of the kids and eat and tell jokes. These kids are so happy to be eating and having a good time. Then a few hours later I visit my family.and eat again!

    My motorcycle friend and I also do a toys for tots thing for Christmas.

    During the holidays, most people are concerned about what gifts they will get, spending money they don't have, and all the other trappings and hassles.

    Sometimes, giving your time and effort to help other people ends up making you happier. Does anyone else volunteer?
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    Nov 23, 2009 5:59 AM GMT
    I volunteer 6 hours a week at a soup kitchen and I teach free yoga classes to recovering addicts in Skid Row. I love volunteering and have been doing it consistently for about 3 years though I realize my work situation makes it much easier to do so than for most.
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    Nov 23, 2009 12:32 PM GMT
    I do this every Christmas...
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    Nov 23, 2009 2:57 PM GMT
    Every year I usually volunteer to serve Thanksgiving dinner at a community outreach center. Every Christmas season I help organize and collect food for a holiday food drive. Do tons of other volunteering throughout the rest of the year but those are the holiday-specific things I do. I completely agree with KissingPro, remembering back, the best holidays I've had were the ones when I did something to give back to others. Somehow it just makes the whole season more enjoyable.
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    Nov 23, 2009 3:32 PM GMT
    I just volunteered last week for the LGBT community centers Thanksgiving Dinner for the youth group. Donated apple cobblers and turkey gravy.. they had a shit load of volunteers , all bringing different things and there was a pretty big turnout of kids.
    I enjoy volunteering but in the past haven't had tons of time to do it, One of the perks of unemployment LOL
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    Nov 23, 2009 6:49 PM GMT
    I'll be at a senior center this Tday. My girlbuddy and I will be visiting with the folks: listening to their stories and reading if they like(most love a story read to them).

    On a weekly basis I do one-on-one literacy tutoring. I felt the calling, so to speak, when I was in high school and have been teaching reading skills since.

    I generally work with guys who have almost no reading ability and their goal is no more ambitious than simply being able to read a children's book(to their own kids). But I have helped guys who needed to learn at a higher level so as to understand technical writing involved in their work.

    If teaching reading appeals to you, contact your local library and ask for the literacy coordinator. You will be very, very appreciated and you will be amazed at how much help you can be.
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    Nov 23, 2009 7:01 PM GMT
    Have been a voluteer tutor with the adult literacy program teaching adults and non english speakers to read for the last 12 years

    volunteer with the homeless. just waiting for schedule for thanksgiving
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    Nov 23, 2009 7:18 PM GMT
    My volunteering includes:

    - Maintaining for free the donor database of the largest HIV/AIDS agency in Florida, creating their mailing labels for solicitation mail-outs, tracking monetary donations, etc.
    - Personally contributing at their highest "Spirit of Hope" donor level
    - Assisting in numerous fundraising events for them
    - Donating holiday toys through that agency for children with HIV/AIDS, or whose parents have HIV/AIDS
    - Donating Christmas toys to our local MCC congregation
    - Donating money for Thanksgiving turkeys to an HIV/AIDS food bank
    - Working for free year-round on the annual 165-mile HIV/AIDS bicycle fundraiser to Key West, Florida
    - Pedaling in the 165-mile fundraiser, after first raising sponsorship donations to qualify myself for entry (look for solicitations on my behalf here on RJ very soon)

    My partner does some of the same things, as well, plus his own unique contributions. His speciality is getting other individuals & businesses to donate to HIV/AIDS causes.
  • jrs1

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    Nov 23, 2009 7:32 PM GMT

    * raises hand *

    Habitat for Humanity here.

    looking into Alternative Spring Break for next year.
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    Nov 23, 2009 7:36 PM GMT
    I usually help with a lunch for the homeless (or those who need) through
    one of the Episcopal churches in Wichita. I need to do more, that isn't enough.
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    Nov 23, 2009 7:45 PM GMT
    I'm thinking of doing something for the LGBT centre, dunno what yet
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    Nov 23, 2009 10:37 PM GMT

    I teach a Financial Fitness course for a non profit, which helps low income people get their finances in order so they can buy affordable, reliable new cars. I marvel continually at the determination and perseverance of the clients with whom I work. We were thrilled earlier this year when President Obama recognized the organization as one of the five most signifiant social innovators in the country: www.bonnieclac.org
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    Nov 23, 2009 10:44 PM GMT


    I teach a Financial Fitness course for a non profit, which helps low income people get their finances in order so they can buy affordable, reliable new cars. I marvel continually at the determination and perseverance of the clients with whom I work. We were thrilled earlier this year when President Obama recognized the organization as one of the five most signifiant social innovators in the country: www.bonnieclac.org

    I also donate private animal training lessons to raffles, silent auctions, etc for the Human Rights Committee and a variety of local animal rescue groups. And a number of local animal shelters know they can call me when they have dogs that need some behavioral work to be adoptable or if there is an owner contemplating giving up their dog because of a correctable behavioral issue.
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    Nov 23, 2009 11:33 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI wanna get back into volunteering. I really like doing something for others. I was volunteering at the Center on Halsted in Chicago which is for the LGBT community. I think I'd like to work with children more. I'll have to look into it. icon_smile.gif


    I highly recomend it. Working with children is a great inspiration. Just a reminder to everyone....just like in the general population, there are older gay men who are alone for the holidays who may have health problems too. That might be worth checking out too.