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Old 11-19-2013, 03:04 PM   #41
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DH started doing this when he was out in state parks photographing along lakes and creeks. Bought a trash picker thingy. He tells me "fishermen are really trashy!!!"
Humans in general are trashy, IMHO, of course...
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I'm looking for volunteers to replace my gutters, front screen door and garage door. Positions may be extended to include putting down hardwood floors, regrouting tile, and remodeling the kitchen. Any takers? Just trying to be helpful to you bored old fogeys... *grin*
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Old 11-19-2013, 03:39 PM   #43
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Humans in general are trashy, IMHO, of course...
Perhaps, but he's comparing them to birders, nature photographers, and hikers.
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For those of you looking for volunteer opportunities, check out
HandsOn Network or VolunteerMatch - Where Volunteering Begins.

Both provide ways for organizations to post needs and volunteers to sign up. Needs can be one-time events or long-term engagements.
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Old 11-19-2013, 04:41 PM   #45
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DH started doing this when he was out in state parks photographing along lakes and creeks. Bought a trash picker thingy. He tells me "fishermen are really trashy!!!"
I volunteer at the local state park. Hands down, the fishermen are the biggest litter bugs.
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Was littering really this bad in the 60s?

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Old 11-20-2013, 05:24 PM   #47
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Was littering really this bad in the 60s?
For some people it was. Same as now.
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There is always a need for help, regardless of your level of commitment.
I'm not sure that I agree with the latter sentiment. Many not-for-profit volunteer duties - particularly those that are 'front-line', i.e. service positions involving direct contact with the public - require a certain minimal commitment / consistency (e.g., every Tuesday morning from 10-12, or whatever). Frankly, 'dabblers' who think that they can drop in and out at their own convenience can sometimes be more trouble than they're worth.

Notwithstanding the above, I certainly sympathize with those who are reluctant to tie themselves down to a fixed schedule. As MichaelB and audreyh1 suggested, they might want to look into one-time volunteer opportunities, e.g. assisting at annual fundraisers or similar events. Although they must be prepared to register in advance and follow through on that commitment, it's typically only one day (or part of a day), for people not on the organizing committee.

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hubby ... is very firm about not taking on Board leadership roles or administrative roles although he is frequently asked. He is my role model for knowing how to say "No".
This makes a lot of sense. Unless you are a take-charge, 'Type A' personality, supervisory/administration roles are probably best avoided because the responsibilities are virtually infinite and can (if you let them) take over your life. And if we wanted that, we would all still be on the job and at least getting a paycheque for the time and trouble!

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I'd probably like to do some volunteering after I retire, but not for at least a couple years. The first couple years after I quit, I want it to be "me time".
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I volunteer at the local state park. Hands down, the fishermen are the biggest litter bugs.
Those people may go fishing, I wouldn't call them fishermen, or sportsmen. Thank you for your volunteer work.

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Old 11-20-2013, 07:39 PM   #50
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Those people may go fishing, I wouldn't call them fishermen, or sportsmen. Thank you for your volunteer work.

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You are right - they appear to be lower middle class guys with a fishing pole and some time on their hands. Sure wish they'd take their worm containers and soda cans with them.
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Even though I am not retired yet, I have done a bunch of volunteer work over a good number of years, including town government, civic related organizations, and trail and outdoor groups and activities. One of the reasons I need to ER is because work is getting in the way of my volunteering.

But seriously, I expect to continue a lot of volunteer work after ER, as does DW. I may step back somewhat from leadership roles though, as someone else suggested. The small 501c3 I currently lead does consume a lot of time.
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Around the time I stopped work, the operations manager of a local radio station run mainly by volunteers asked if I was interested in getting involved with them. I'd had a career in radio, presenting and voice-over, and we had been work colleagues before, so she was familiar with me. However, after 25 years or so of getting paid to do it, I had gotten the urge out of my system and didn't feel like doing it any more, paid or unpaid, so I gracefully declined.

I am not a joiner by nature but am slowly starting to get involved with one of the local cat rescue/adoption groups. I have 3 cats (2 of them "foster fails") and began fostering a 4th one today. This one will be going to another home eventually though - I will be accompanying her to adoption events. The organization I'm involved with is particularly well run. I'm looking forward to being a part of their group and helping out. It does indeed feel good to help out.
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Even though I am not retired yet, I have done a bunch of volunteer work over a good number of years, including town government, civic related organizations, and trail and outdoor groups and activities. One of the reasons I need to ER is because work is getting in the way of my volunteering. .

That's great. I admire folks who can work full time and still find time to volunteer for good cause.
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Old 12-05-2013, 10:53 PM   #54
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Gopher brand litter grabber sticks are $10 at Walgreens and other big box stores. The suction cup tips can fall off it you don't use glue on the tiny screw threads.

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One of the trails where I bike is along a storm drain creek, and the trash definitely detracts from the "nature" experience. But, frankly, all one has to do is start in picking up trash. No need for any "organization"...
Post-retirement, I started as above, then needed more dumpster space so I ask to use the ones at the local Forest Service office. They recruited me to help them, but after a couple of years, that felt like a job.

Trail maintenance has been better, I do it on my schedule, and recruit others when they are walking in my wilderness area. That's who is backpacking on those trails, ERs like us.

Volunteers have been the nicest group of people that I've met in ER. Some of them are like who I want to be when I grow up, in my 70s.
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I tried to volunteer with two organizations. Out of 3 tries nobody could seem to get a good set of fingerprints for a background check.

I figured the big guy was trying to tell me something ... no wise cracks now.
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I tried to volunteer with two organizations. Out of 3 tries nobody could seem to get a good set of fingerprints for a background check.

I figured the big guy was trying to tell me something ... no wise cracks now.
My goodness where were you trying to volunteer? I'm guessing if they wanted FP they probably want you to pee in a cup. That would be a non-starter for me. Never in my life did I ever take a pee test. I'm not starting in retirement. I can pass one, its against my BS tolerance.
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One was for volunteering at a school. The other was for volunteering at a senior center. Neither the police department or a private firm could do the fingerprint job.

I'm considering becoming a burglar in my spare time.
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...........I'm considering becoming a burglar in my spare time.
But strictly on a volunteer basis............
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I planned to volunteer in retirement, but (other than my Admin duties here) I really haven't done any during the first 4+ years of retirement. I just don't have enough extra time for it. There is so much that I want to do in retirement, and I am busily doing it with no time left over.

Maybe some day, after I am out of the "honeymoon phase" of retirement.
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One was for volunteering at a school. The other was for volunteering at a senior center. Neither the police department or a private firm could do the fingerprint job.

I'm considering becoming a burglar in my spare time.
My volunteer work is at several schools. No fingerprints needed for my volunteer work but at one school someone in the district's administration office wanted to interview me and had me fill out a silly form - and this was after several years of volunteering there. It was a mild nuisance but not a big deal.
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