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Old 12-06-2013, 04:47 PM   #61
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From some of the responses to my post, I feel kind of like I must be living in a paranoid part of the country.

I was interviewed at the senior center by one of the full time paid staff. I was asked why I wanted to volunteer. That felt demeaning although I'm sure it was well intentioned. I mentioned I wouldn't mind helping someone out with basic financial stuff and she looked at me like I had some criminal intent. Or maybe I imagined it, but she quickly made it clear that only licensed vetted people were allowed into that area. Oops.

Have any volunteers felt like the paid staff was on a different (superior?) level? I sure don't want to go back to work. Maybe I need a better attitude?
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Old 12-06-2013, 04:53 PM   #62
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Have any volunteers felt like the paid staff was on a different (superior?) level? I sure don't want to go back to work.
You're describing precisely why my enthusiasm for volunteering died a quick and painful death. I rarely enjoyed working when I was getting paid to do it - no way was I going to do something similar for free.
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Old 12-06-2013, 05:29 PM   #63
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I have donated plenty of money, but not my time. I value the latter too much, plus my INTJ personality does not work well dealing with the public.

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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.
It would not be so hard if you stopped filing down your finger tips.

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Old 12-06-2013, 06:43 PM   #64
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I didn't want to develop a habit of sitting around and spending all day on the internet when I FIREd so, in addition to doing some part time consulting and doing a part time MFA degree, I volunteered for:

1. continuing to serve on several law society committees
2. race marshall/ organiser at a local running race
3. fostering kittens for the SPCA
4. editing an annual anthology of short stories and poems for a local writers group (almost done)
5. redrafting the constitution for a local non-profit
6. someone nominated me to represent my class year on a student/faculty/alumni committee

Quite frankly, between the job, the degree and the volunteering, I am busier than I would like to be and am looking to shed a couple of things next year (at least until I have finished the degree). There are a few other things I would like to try, but they will have to wait.
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Old 12-07-2013, 09:33 AM   #65
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I'm the "volunteer" librarian at our rural elementary school. Being an avid life long reader I try to "open the world through reading" with all the young students. I also volunteer my time and equipment as a "ham" radio operator to our local emergency management. Both are hobbies I love and love to share
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Old 12-07-2013, 10:23 AM   #66
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You're describing precisely why my enthusiasm for volunteering died a quick and painful death. I rarely enjoyed working when I was getting paid to do it - no way was I going to do something similar for free.
I have worked as a volunteer for TaxAide for five years now. I don't think there are any paid positions -- maybe a couple at the national level but certainly none in my state.

It is an interesting group. It tends to draw what I call "tax junkies" - people who for some strange reason like doing taxes. The most successful volunteers we get are bridge players and crossword puzzle doers. Surprisingly, former/current tax professionals do not do so well.
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