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Poll From: 08/29/2013

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Have you ever volunteered for community service or to help a non-profit? Submitted By 88Tiggermom, GA
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SockMonkeyJoy
on 08/25/14
I volunteer at my son's school
triathlon29
on 09/08/13
I prefer just to do nice things for people and to be a good person. In fact, I know people who volunteer formally who aren't great people at all and just do it for the prestige.
johnwx69
on 09/05/13
I smell a lot of liars...
leogirl817
on 09/05/13
20 hours of community service was a graduation requirement at my high school.
cygnus47
on 09/01/13
I can't help out, I'm too fat.
G0d10v3
on 08/31/13
I love helping out!!
katyeff
on 08/30/13
i volunteer a lot
DevonnaRedd
on 08/30/13
im a very helpful person
jwill012
on 08/30/13
Some people chose to help others no matter what it is
rolaren
on 08/30/13
am confused by this entire site.
wantmomoney
on 08/30/13
GravyButt liked this  
I am confused by this entire site.
looknfind
on 08/30/13
I help people without that
jayr1985
on 08/30/13
sweetlady58 liked this  
Sometimes you can do the right thing!
jasonhezzy
on 08/30/13
The field Ministry! matt 28:19,20
viandzebsmom
on 08/29/13
I wonder how many volunteered according to their own desire, or if it was just some requirement they went through for some high school elective or something.
Batmantha
on 08/29/13
shaheryar and 1 others liked this  
A couple posts mentioned being shocked/saddened by the high percentage of "no" answers. It's not that I never will volunteer or anything like that, but at the moment, taking 7 college classes, participating in student leadership with a club, and hunting for jobs takes up nearly all my time. Not having a car also greatly impacts what I am and am not able to do.
footemama
on 08/29/13
shaheryar and 1 others liked this  
In college I volunteered in the maternity ward at a local hospital. I had one opportunity to feed a baby but I was too scared to do it. LOL I had never held a newborn baby before and I was afraid I was going to hurt it. I had the same fear with my son for the 4 minutes I held him before he headbutted me. ;)
Aichamonique
on 08/29/13
shaheryar liked this  
i volunteer at my church all the time:)
Artzeechris
on 08/29/13
shaheryar and 6 others liked this  
I was so surprised that 23% of the people who voted have never volunteered it was much higher than I expected to see. If you have never volunteered there are so many ways to make a difference in your community. Give it a try you will be amazed to see how much you get back from the experience.
OlliesBest
on 08/29/13
Ilovesparky13 and 4 others liked this  
I think it is also a mistake to assume that just people haven't volunteered for community service or a non-profit that they aren't making a difference in your community. Volunteering is great - but I know lots of people who do it so they can be seen or to be able to say "Oh, I volunteer every weekend." I've seen many other people who don't volunteer formally still make a difference in their community - shoveling snow for a neighbor, spending time with elderly relatives, babysitting for friends - there are PLENTY of ways to make a difference without officially volunteering.
amhale11
on 08/29/13
shaheryar and 1 others liked this  
Some people have disabilities that make it difficult, if not impossible to volunteer.
twinklelight54
on 08/29/13
shaheryar liked this  
i find it hard to believe they can't do a SINGLE thing to help others. It doesn't have to be anything big. For their mental health, volunteering can help these volunteers feel better about themselves and know they are making a difference. Even if it is a microscopic difference, they are making a positive difference none the less, which shows the world needs them,
tightlacedboots
on 08/29/13
shaheryar and 1 others liked this  
Some people donate money or items to organizations. Just because someone doesn't volunteer doesn't mean they don't contribute in some way.
Jade4142
on 08/29/13
Leann6661 and 2 others liked this  
There are many disabilities that make it impossible to volunteer. Perhaps you could learn about being disabled so you could understand better.
Hburt006
on 08/29/13
I think everyone had something to give! Even if it is a smile to someone who is down in the dumps!
pyromama
on 08/29/13
My last major volunteer effort was in Houston after Hurricane Katrina. Thousands of evacuees were there and I felt absolutely overwhelmed with grief that those residents lost so much, in some cases loved ones. It made a huge impact on my life because if I had been in that situation I don't know that I would have held up as well. During my time there, I never met a person with a cross word or a bad attitude.
mgtheman
on 08/29/13
Leann6661 liked this  
I got sentenced to community service cleaning up a school after I flooded said school with 2,700 pounds of liquified cheese. Does that count?
mgtheman
on 08/29/13
pyromama liked this  
In my defense, it wasn't cheddar. I would never abuse cheddar so flagrantly.
pyromama
on 08/29/13
XxCkelly1316xX liked this  
Where do you even GET that much cheese? LOL
kc53
on 08/29/13
ilove animals and i feel they cant talk for themselves so i feel obligated to love them as they love me
LizzieK
on 08/29/13
Yes, but unfortunately it was for the Red Cross. They're T-E-R-R-I-B-L-E to their volunteers. NEVER again!
KayceeSbaum
on 08/29/13
first time it was a punishment.. second time was too now i think about it. .
Abbyka
on 08/29/13
Ilovesparky13 and 1 others liked this  
Was forced to. In order to graduate from my high school you had to do 40 hours of community service. And they wonder why so many kids drop out.
adriennel
on 08/29/13
tfjparadise and 4 others liked this  
It's too bad that kids in your community would rather drop out than help their fellow human beings. The community service requirement was a fun part of my highschool experience!
Abbyka
on 08/29/13
luvdemzlovato and 6 others liked this  
Not to mention that this policy at my school was forcing it, not suggesting it. Forcing someone to help isn't teaching them anything. I feel that forcing them to volunteer probably had the opposite effect than they wanted(teaching them to be kind/sympathetic). It was very much a fear tactic, so I'm sure most kids became resentful not enlightened. Our principal pretty much told us weekly "Do it or you don't graduate".
adriennel
on 08/29/13
It was a requirement for graduation at our school as well. It sounds like your school made it a miserable experience through scare tactics and poor planning!that stinks, sorry you had such a bad experience :-(
Abbyka
on 08/29/13
TimCanterbury30 liked this  
It's not that they didn't want to help. It's that there were very few things to do around our community that didn't require getting stuck with a needle(vaccinations and what not). Anything else you had to go by car 50 miles or more. Gas wasn't cheap(still isn't). My issue was my mother is disabled and was unable to take me to those places. I also have a phobia of driving/being in a car so I was stuck. I did manage to do coat checking at an event where Janet Reno did a speech for women's rights, but that was only because my friends had managed to get a spot doing the same thing. That ended up being the only thing close to home I could get. I myself ended up dropping out, not due to that but due to bullying. Had I not I'm sure they would have barred me from graduating. Which I think is completely unfair considering the competition for volunteering closer to home was ridiculous.
Abbyka
on 08/29/13
Leann6661 and 1 others liked this  
To add I come from an extremely small town where any volunteer services you can do require you to travel. The only ones nearby pretty much required you to get all kinds of shots(taking care of children, the elderly, or animals). Being terrified of needles is no joke and neither is having to travel 50 miles to get to something that isn't even compensating you for gas money.
Mostgo
on 08/29/13
tfjparadise liked this  
I should .
thatonechic1995
on 08/29/13
I wish I could volunteer,But there is nothing out where I live.
pattyoneal6
on 08/29/13
do you have a animal shelter near you they always need help doing anything even walking the dogs is a huge help... if no shelters check for rescues they need people to transport animals to and from places.
nyneelie
on 08/29/13
tfjparadise and 1 others liked this  
You can try VOLUNTEERMATCH.COM

Just remember, EVERYONE matters ;)
ChelseBrun
on 08/29/13
tfjparadise liked this  
Find people, and there you find volunteer work ;-)
ksheen
on 08/29/13
tfjparadise and 2 others liked this  
If you have an elderly neighbor you could always help out them out with something. That's certainly volunteering.
CharredFrogLegs
on 08/29/13
tfjparadise and 3 others liked this  
Schools, libraries, churches and hospitals always appreciate volunteer work... And if none of those suit you, look around your town, find where there's a need and fill that need. Even something so little as picking up litter you pass by on the street is technically volunteer work... a volunteer is "a person who performs a service willingly and without pay"... and as for non-profits in your area, you can try googling or binging "non-profits in [name of your city here]" and it should come up with a few options. Hope this helps :)
shekinahannora
on 08/29/13
tfjparadise and 3 others liked this  
I don't know where you live but a few suggestions... just in case you haven't considered them are walking dogs at an animal shelter or just coming in to give the animals attention (it helps the younger animals become more sociable which means more adoptable). There are usually volunteer programs at schools to help kids with schoolwork or, for kids who struggle with reading, to let them read to you. If there are any nursing homes in your area, many people in the homes do not have family still alive or are not close by to spend time with them. Many love to get visitors. You can contact a nursing home to see if they have anything you could do.
pattyoneal6
on 08/29/13
tfjparadise and 2 others liked this  
being disabled and hard to stand for any period of time and not driving it is hard for me to volunteer so on holidays i cook and extra turkey and fixings and my kids take it to our local shelter when they are having their holiday dinner i know its not much but i don't have extra cash to donate and i can't do a lot physically.
JuliaFaraday
on 08/29/13
Que the high and mightiness.
Rainbowdrymouth3
on 08/29/13
tfjparadise liked this  
I love volunteering, I have done a lot of it and I enjoy it :)
SimplyTeenFun
on 08/29/13
Surprisingly ..
Mostgo
on 08/29/13
No .
Makilliecutta
on 08/29/13
tfjparadise liked this  
yeah I was a volunteer Mentor For big brothers- big sisters during highschool it was a amazing experience
jonarzuniga
on 08/29/13
tfjparadise liked this  
We built houses for the poor
Miming227
on 08/29/13
tfjparadise liked this  
I volunteered for our local Food Bank.
macimcmuffin
on 08/29/13
nope
CaptainGinyu
on 08/29/13
For the high school I went to, volunteer work was required (at least 20 hours of it).
CouponQueenboo
on 08/29/13
tfjparadise and 1 others liked this  
I own one and also support one
lacressa69
on 08/29/13
tfjparadise and 1 others liked this  
I want to donate too but must wait till payday... :(
nyneelie
on 08/29/13
tfjparadise and 3 others liked this  
Not a donation of $$, but your time, energy and presence.
That's volunteering.
surfergirl77
on 08/29/13
tfjparadise and 4 others liked this  
I clicked no because I wasn't sure if this counted or not, I donated to a children's hospital does that count?
Cnlou
on 08/29/13
tfjparadise and 1 others liked this  
I would count that as service! I would say taking your time or money for someone else would be counted as service
cheleb
on 08/29/13
tfjparadise and 2 others liked this  
I don't volunteer as I work for a non profit. As a condition of working there, I have to volunteer.
hazlewoodfamily
on 08/29/13
I used to work for one for 3 years hated the boss loved the job
RangerMommy
on 08/29/13
tfjparadise and 2 others liked this  
Once a month we take our dog to the county nursing home and do pet therapy with the residents
ab86
on 08/29/13
tfjparadise and 1 others liked this  
Tourettes walk this year and 2-3 years ago helped raise over a thousand dollars and walked in the march of dimes. I always try to pick a good cause but i would like to do volunteer work as well.
KingUndeadHerO
on 08/29/13
tfjparadise and 1 others liked this  
In Junior/Senior of high, I helped my local conservation corps with trail blazing and also setup an award ceremony that my brother was apart in.... A lot of people stress me to do community service because it looks good in your resume
KaisaEeva
on 08/29/13
tfjparadise liked this  
In high school I volunteered at two elementary schools, and now in college, I volunteer at a local zoo.
ChelseBrun
on 08/29/13
pattyoneal6 and 4 others liked this  
23% say no??? That's a shock to me... I was raised on volunteer service...
pursedos
on 08/29/13
cheer leading scouts teacher baseball health fairs lots of things
hunterkiedis
on 08/29/13
Litter pick up for a mouth strait
kmhagen
on 08/29/13
az121158 and 1 others liked this  
court ordered-just kidding
mrtrollface
on 08/29/13
tech54321 liked this  
Boys Scouts FTW!
memorybooks
on 08/29/13
tfjparadise liked this  
I volunteer at church. My favorite being a Stephen Minister. I get to visit people who need a confidential friend. I also volunteer as a docent ( teacher) at Cracker Country at the Florida State Fair. I get to tell others about Florida history.

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