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    Volunteer Work - WTF?

    I have called or emailed two different organizations in an attempt to get set up in some volunteer work and never heard back from either. One was a hospice society and one a "soup kitchen". Is this normal? Is there another route one would suggest? Do I just assume they have so much help they don't get back to people and move on? Suggestions anyone? I just want to give back some of my time and would prefer to do a hospice (palliative) type atmosphere as I see what the volunteers in these homes do while my poppy stays in one back east.

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    Woah, dibs on the umbrella girl position. How's the pay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by klutch_r View Post
    More importantly, for what do you feel so guilty about (or, what did you get convicted of?) that requires community service? I think there's a good story here....
    My family spends a lot of time volunteering, my dad at the food bank 4 days a week and I grew up spending holidays serving food to the homeless at soup kitchens. Now my grandfather is in a hospice dying and it made me want to get back at it. The volunteers there take such good care of him, I think he would hate it without them.

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    This is quite common I have noticed. I work with Disabled adults, many of which can not keep regular paid employment due to various reasons, so we attempt to get them volunteer positions to help occupy their time. I thought it was just my clients that couldn't get volunteer because people didn't want to give them a chance. I work for an independant service provider but we are under the CLBC (Community Living Britsh Columbia) umbrella. I know that a lot of agencies like group homes and dayprograms take on volunteers if that route interests you.
    Put on your big girl panties and deal with it!

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    If your Dad volunteers at the food bank, why don't you go there as well? I know someone who volunteers there myself.

    Sometimes you have to go in person rather than calling or emailing.

    You could always try a neighbourhood senior's centre.

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    This is a serious thread so only serious replies are wanted.

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    Hey, you deleted my one post that had serious content.



    Check the UBC Careers site for volunteer postings, as well as the Craigslist 'volunteer' section under the "Community" heading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klutch_r View Post
    Hey, you deleted my one post that had serious content.



    Check the UBC Careers site for volunteer postings, as well as the Craigslist 'volunteer' section under the "Community" heading.
    I did but your serious content was included in Andrea's post as a quote.



    Oops sorry. I did delete one of yours I shouldn't have. Fixed.
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    It's not unusual. Remember, a lot of not for profits tend to be run on a shoestring, especially if they're trying to maximize the impact of their donations to the people they're trying to serve.

    That can mean delays, less than stellar customer service and organization skills and holdups while someone makes a decision.

    Be patient, drop in when you can to make a personal connection and make sure you're on a list to help.

    I've found that some of the best volunteer work I've done for NFP's was to assist in the back end with organizational and accounting work, helping them work better with what they have, and setting up systems and procedures that would do good work long after I was gone.

    With your skills and smarts I'm sure you might have a lot to offer in that area as well.

    Good luck, and thank you, there's never enough people to help in palliative care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flowrider View Post
    I did but your serious content was included in Andrea's post as a quote.



    Oops sorry. I did delete one of yours I shouldn't have. Fixed.
    Quote Originally Posted by klutch_r View Post
    Woah, dibs on the umbrella girl position. How's the pay?

    Awesome. I'm still looking for a summer internship, so I'd hate to lose out on this opportunity.





    Here's some local stuff, Andrea.

    http://www.govolunteer.ca/cgi-bin/page.cgi?_id=28

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    My younger brother found the same urge to volunteer after having our aunt pass from cancer and watching my dad suffer several strokes; you get to really appreciate the work done by all the people involved in their care.

    In the end he spoke with some of the doctor's involved in their care and the doctor's actually gave my brother the contacts to use. After that it was pretty simple, just a matter of selecting what days he would come in.

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    yes soup kitchen is a great place to volunteer but because they run on a weekly schedule, it's hard just have someone drop in cause every week a different community / church group / volunteering group attends.

    but good for you for reaching out!~
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    My good friend runs the Surrey Life-assist program. PM me and I will give you her info, she is always looking for volunteers.

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