Who is a volunteer and what do you do?

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  1. EternalLove

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    We seem to have a lot volunteers here. Many for their church, the scouts, militia, meals on wheels, and so on.

    I was wondering who does what and why? What has been your experience with volunteering?

    A big thank you to the volunteers out there who give your time and energy to make this world a better place. Maybe your answer will inspire others here to volunteer here as well.
     
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    Cub Scout Den Leader (my son is in scouts) and Youth Worship Team Advisor (my daughter sings and plays piano). Also other, intermittent volunteer work.

    Thanks to all the volunteers!!
     
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    Militia?
    Have we been called to arms and I didn't hear about it?
     
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    Most weeks;

    Meals on Wheels,,, delivering hot meals to seniors.

    Groceries to Go,,, grocery shopping for seniors; they make out a list, I shop and deliver

    Other than that it is sporadic,,, someone calls, I go.

    (I volunteered for the Army in ‘68,,, dumb and 18 don’t lead to smart moves,,,)
     
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    Open Space Committee preserving valuable open space for parkland, building trails and working with scouts.

    State allaince for environmental education promoting environmental literacy.

    Wildlife Conservation Corp helping with amphibian data collection.

    invasive species task force..removal of invasives promotion of natives.
     
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    Assistant Scout Master Boy Scouts of America, to build character in young men. Brother Hood member in the Order of the Arrow's National Scouting Honor Society to build character in myself. Local Cemetery grounds keeper to be with my dead people. I have been thinking of joining the Brother of the Wheel Motorcycle Gang that does a lot of volunteer work in my local area. They just opened a new lodge / private bar in a very remote area just a few miles from my house. The bar is just icing on the cake, i think it is bring your own beverage, They do a lot of work for cancer victims and other hardship medical cases.
     
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    I love love love Hemlockfest. Instead of participating, I run parking. I spend my time in the parking lot running volunteers and settling arguments.
     
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    I love love love hiking in the Cohutta, but the trails are in such rough shape. So I go out and volunteer and take hold of a crosscut (it’s wilderness, no chainsaws).

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  10. NevadaBlue

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    Groceries... I need to look into this locally. I wonder if there is something like this here? :33:

    I’ve been an assistant scoutmaster a couple of times in the past. Volunteer fireman in several states in the past. For the last 13 years, my wife and I have been full time caregivers for our disabled Veteran son.
    One foot in front of the other.

    Kudos to all the volunteers above. Very interesting thread.
     
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    Lately, not much volunteering for me.:(

    My wife and I usually volunteer at the local food pantries and shelters during the holidays. Dishing out plates of food, handing out blankets, clothing, food , and toiletries to the less fortunate folks in our area.

    My father passed of cancer about 10 years ago. After he passed, I volunteered for about 3 years at our local V.A. hospital, Roudebush. I primarily helped out with the Fishers House, but also with the folks in the cancer ward at the hospital. Met a lot of good folks, made some good friends, and was happy to give back to the V.A., and to be a shoulder to cry on and someone to talk to for the vets plagued by cancer. My mother and I spent over a week at the Fisher House when my dad was in the V.A. hospital.

    Not that this counts for much, but my entire family (wife & kids), and myself have volunteered for several pitbull rescues and advocacy groups for over 20 years now. We have even fostered over two dozen pitbulls in that time period. I think what primarily keeps us doing it is the unwavering unconditional love and gratefulness we get from the dogs. Like any other creature, they just want to be loved and cared for, instead of abused and mistreated. The loyalty and dedication they give in return is beyond words.
     
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    Volunteer Fire/EMS in an outlying area of Pittsburgh for a few years.

    Youth group assistant at my old church in the same area.

    I fear my volunteering days are done for now, because my two hatchling take up most of my time, but lord willing, maybe they'll wanna be scouts, and I can share what I learn here! :4:
     
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    Retired from the volunteer Fire Deptartment and Ambulance, past Assistant Scout master and currently a Nordic and Alpine Ski Patroller.
     
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    I monitor some forest parcels that a local land conservancy owns. Basically just visit them once a year to make sure no trespasses or illegal activity is going on and check on current ecological conditions. The parcels are kind of hard to get to in out of the way places. Also I am a local contact for a state big tree record keeping organization so I go out and measure big trees that people report and look for trees in the database that have been there a long time to see if they are still alive. If they are dead then another tree someplace else takes its place as a state record tree.
     
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    There’s a group here on the Iron Range (AEOA) who works with seniors, especially those who are generally home bound. It’s a good program,,, sometimes I’ll shop for 2 or 3 different people on shopping day,,, Surely something like that near you.
     
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    The wife and I volunteer at our local food bank. during the summer we help make lunches for 3 communities in our area for kids.
     
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    I'm a volunteer firefighter/SAR/stretcher bearer,etc, for the village fire department. I'm too old for it, and I've seen and been involved in some very bad things. I keep doing it because I still can, and because the team and the community need me. But sometimes it really sucks.

    I also volunteer at the village library. That's easy, and pleasant, and it never sucks.
     
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    I have an Angel and have received help when I need it. I have found $300 in a parking lot and managed to track down the guy who dropped it. And, I have received anonymous gifts in times of deepest need. Volunteering is such an easy way, such a great way, to plough one’s gifts and strengths back into the ground of the greater good.
     
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    Used to be a volunteer firefighter, currently a Young Life volunteer leader.

    Wherever I am I try to use my skills and time to make my community a better place.
     
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    Currently volunteer firefighter, and some misc volunteer work through the Elks. Formerly also part of a special operations team doing swift water rescue and high angle rope rescue work.
     
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    Wow. Of everything that has been said here, that must be the hardest and most meaningful.
     
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    My brother died of cancer when he was five and I was seven. Thank you.
     
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    I am crying right now.
     
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    Formerly an Asst. Scout Master (when I was enlisted in the 80s.) Just an Ordeal member of the OA though. :)
     
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    I'm an assistant Scoutmaster for my old BSA troop. I also volunteer as a wilderness survival, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, leather works, and automotive maintenance instructor and a volunteer lifeguard for my local BSA council and summer camp.
     
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    I'm sorry to hear that.
    I've been doing it for a very long time ( twenty plus years....). There have been some tough days.... but it brings huge relief to the kids, and especially to the parents. 20190729_092214.jpg
     
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    Happy trails
     
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    "Volunteers don't get paid, not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless.".

    I was told that by a friend a few months back. I don't know who originally said it as google gives conflicting results.
     
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    I volunteered as a youth football coach for over ten years. I did this because I wanted to make an impact on some kid's life. What I learned was sometimes they make an impact on your life. I will never regret the years I spent teaching someone not to be a football player, but teaching them to be a person.
     
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    I represent my small city on the county's Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council. I have tried volunteering with the local Scout Council, but all they seem to want from me is money.
     
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    Or... invaluable
     
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    Coach for many years Ice Hockey about 10 and soccer 5 or 6 .

    I still try to do a little soccer but the sport has far outpaced my skill level and especially my energy level .


    I try to introduce the town kids to nature and Bushcraft skills up at our weekend retreat with some moderate success .

    I’m thinking strongly of volunteering at some
    Little county humane shelters up north that have a no kill policy . Right now most of my spare time is taken up with raising my Grandson .
     
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    Im only volunteer first responder at my workplace.
     
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    4 H leader for many years. It has been a pleasure. Also been on our state fair commitee.
     
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    I bet that must be crazy!
     
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    I am a Historical Interpreter for Washington on the Brazos State Historical Site In Texas. Once a month we present Historical Saturday and demonstrate things like quill pen writing, medicine, fire making, kids games, Texas Militia, camp cooking, etc. My Avatar on the left is me in Constitution Hall all polished up in my best frontier duds. I recently attended the kick off meeting for San Filipe de Austin SHS as a towns person volunteer. This is the site where Stephan F. Austin began selling land to populate Mexican territory which became Texas. The Texas State Historical commission is building 10 town buildings and will populate it for historical Demos.
    We get a lot of kids who seem to be fascinated with 19th century technology.
     
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    Previously:
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    * Before I became a pastor, lots of volunteer church work in practically every capacity.
    * I was also a foster mother, but technically received some compensation for that in most cases.

    Christ is my motivator, but I would probably still do much of this even if I was not a Christian.

    Most of my experiences with volunteering have been very positive. I get to meet and work with so many wonderful people. My main gripe is that many volunteers do not keep their commitments. They take their responsibilities lightly, because, after all, it is not a "real" job.

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    As a volunteer SAR first responder in NY I am eligible for some fantastic training opportunities.

    I spent last week in a swiftwater/flood rescue training class at the NY State training facility geared to training law enforcement, EMTs an SAR, where I am also on the instructor staff teaching map and compass. It is a new, first in the nation swiftwater rescue training facility, designed by the same guy who designs Olympic whitewater competition facilities. Huge pumps pour 100,000 gallons of water per minute into a narrow channel with simulated rocks and dams and river obstacles. It was great fun.

    The 4 day course started with a 250 meter swim test in an indoor pool using a variety of strokes. If you can't demonstrate the swim you go home right then. We lost one student then, and another later when he gulped a lot of water into his lungs (treated as a medical emergency, he went away in an ambulance) Over the next 3 1/2 days we spent the time mostly swimming in the outdoor whitewater site. The sight of the raging water we were told to jump into was impressive, cascading down over six low dams creating white water at each one. We learned swimming and rescue techniques in that kind of frothy turbulent water, first demonstrated by instructors, then us students taking turns being victim and rescuer. On the last day we paddled rubber rescue boats. There is a pond where all the water flows into and the first thing we did in small teams was to paddle across the pond. Knowing my canoe race experience, I was assigned to steer my boat and we easily maneuvered to the far end, doing a couple of planned pirouettes along the way just for fun, leaving all other teams struggling far behind. Upon landing the instructor said my boat had an unfair advantage, but of course my 4 team members were good paddlers and listened to my instructions. Then we took the boat down the waterfall channel, bouncing all the way straight through the waves on three different runs. Great fun.

    In October I am taking the follow on course in boat handling certification in the same place.

    We couldn't have our own cameras there, but here are a couple of news clips where you can see what we do.



     
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    I've filed a lot of crosscut saws for guys down your way, though I couldn't say if I did the one you're holding. Looks like a nice blade.
     
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    For several years I ran the BB gun range at Cub Scout Day Camp.
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    When my son joined Boy Scouts I'd go on the camp outs, but wasn't officially an Assistant Scoutmaster.

    Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructor.
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    I spend my Monday nights at WI's Drug Addiction Correction Center, a prison designed for rehab. I lead a Christ centered 12 step meeting. Also am a contact person for local folks whose Pastors have given my number. Not a councilor, just a guy who's been down that road.
     
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  50. plumberoy

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    I have been active in most every church I have attended since I was saved in late 1982 . Every person who is a Christian has a gift and a calling it is up to them to answer their call. I have in the past helped with hunter safety courses often from making dummy rounds to pass around to being the range safety person standing beside the kids while shooting. Right now I serve as the head trustee/facilities team at church co leader of our security team and a member of the vision/senior leadership team. To make that simple I serve wherever I am needed . From taking children to classes at VBS to overseeing contracts and contractors doing work for the church. We took the youth fishing Saturday. I have done repairs ranging fixing a light or faucet to repairing a systron water system for those in need. As a Christian we are called to serve. Christ washed the feet of his disciples then hung on the cross to pay for my sins . This was done because of love ,when shown that much love it is hard not to pass it on
     

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