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I Like to Do Volunteer Work

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    Darkflowers Darkflowers 13-15, F 2 Responses Mar 30

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    Service

    One social movement which I am particularly passionate about is providing aid for orphans and underprivileged children in third world countries. From my observations, social issues typically arise from the interactions of numerous smaller issues. The widespread appearance of...
    WoundedButterfly WoundedButterfly 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 24, 2010

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    I was a volunteer firefighter

    for three years and loved it despite the 3a.m. calls in the middle of winter to put out a trailer fire followed by going to work a couple hours later still soaked to the bone. I felt alive and like I made a positive difference in the world. Since moving to the city and being...
    MysticalSkeptical MysticalSkeptical 41-45 1 day ago

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    I volunteer couple of times a month at a free

    clinic downtown. Wish I had the money to volunteer overseas and make a real difference. With this new Obama Care not sure how this with effect my volunteer nursing.
    girlygirlyNurse girlygirlyNurse 31-35, F 1 Response Dec 13, 2013

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    Volunteer

    The ffirst time ,was when I was living in Missouri. I took police training, and upon compleating the training, I became a aux. police officer.After I moved to Arizona , I Joined the Mt. Laguna Volunteer fire department I had some training as a firefighter in Missouri before I...
    honjr1 honjr1 70+, M 2 Responses Jan 3, 2012

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    It'S The Little Things...

    For several years now I have been giving four to six hours of my time each week to the local pet shelters in my area. It is not for school. It is not for a resume. It is simply because they desperately need the help. Volunteering, for me, has become an escape from my personal...
    MichiDesu MichiDesu 18-21 10 Responses Apr 6, 2013

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    Volunteering For Youth

    .... Can be a challenge. Every week I lend my creativity, my passion and compassion to a youth drop in center. Every week I am there, promoting, suggesting and doing my best to be a positive influence. I know that someday the impact will be there, whether its seen or not. Its...
    creativefungilady creativefungilady 22-25, F 4 Responses Sep 25, 2012

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    What Else..

    There aren't many volunteer places in my city so I mostly do it at school. In the past school year, I have: Help out with KS1 and KS2 (Key stage) sports day Babysit the kinder gardeners Run a stall at an event Bake sale What else should I do?
    UtterlyConfused UtterlyConfused 13-15, F Jun 10, 2012

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    Just Have Fun!

    I love doing volunteering work.  The first time I went I felt terribly selfish, here I was in the world thinking my problems was the biggest of all in the world.  I complaint a lot and I didn’t see the positive in anything.  I was one of those ‘the glass is half empty...
    imamhere imamhere 18-21, F 1 Response May 29, 2011

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    Finally Getting Back Into It

    In uni, it was so easy to find ways to help. There was always a masquerade ball for childrens' hospitals that needed organising or freshies to be coerced into signing petitions. After uni I did six months helping natural disaster recovery, and a brief stint teaching residents...
    kikis2 kikis2 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 5, 2013

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    Volunteer Work Helps With Personal Pain.

    I recently got divorced after over a decade of marrage. I have found that helping others is a great way to ease the pain and take my mind off of my own problems. It feels really good to be doing something other than sitting around feeling sorry for myself.
    theblackbat theblackbat 41-45, M 2 Responses May 17, 2013

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    Two Hands; One For Helping Yourself, One For Helping Others.

    "As you grow older you will discover you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and one for helping others." ~Audrey Hepburn. This is a quote I live by! I volunteer as a swimming lessons teacher, a tutor for several eight grade students, at the Humane Society, and at the...
    hanniejoy hanniejoy 18-21, F 4 Responses Dec 9, 2012

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    Be a Volunteer. Stand Up For Your Country.

     It is time for all of us to come together.           With the election season now behind us, it is time for everyone to reach out their collective hands, and to come together. The unity that we create now will echo and resound in ripples and...
    TeslasTemptress TeslasTemptress 46-50, F 7 Responses Nov 6, 2008

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    The person you are on the inside is what makes you beautiful...

           i believe that my soul mate on this earth is my other half,my twin sister.so when i gave birth to twin daughter on January 14th 2006 i felt a feeling of completion for the first time in my life.i felt as though i had always known them and was just waiting,waiting for...
    CraziiBeautiful CraziiBeautiful 31-35, F 1 Response Feb 18, 2013

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    Salvation Army, Red Cross, United Way, Toys For Tots

    Salvation Army, Red Cross, United Way, and Toys for Tots are all in need of donations and volunteers.  I am going to join in with thousands of people across my state and ring the bell for the Salvation Army. I saw the clips on the local and national news that echoed the...
    RichmansRevenge RichmansRevenge 41-45, M 4 Responses Nov 6, 2008

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    I Just Want To Say Thank You

    I just want to say thank you the hundreds of volunteers who made the last three years of my child's life a happier time. She was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2004 and died in 2007 aged seven. Thanks to everyone. To the people at the hospices. To the people on the days out...
    SarcassticMum SarcassticMum 31-35, F 2 Responses May 11, 2013

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    All The Time

    I wouldn't have a real job right now, if my parents hadn't made me get a real job. I much prefer volunteering and doing things for the sake of doing it.
    KisKat KisKat 18-21, F Jul 1, 2013

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    Sew In Love!

     I am a Manikako volunteer. We help fund art workshops for children. We don't ask for money, just your old clothes and sewing notions. Please visit us at manikako.com. 
    Mavicity Mavicity 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 4, 2008

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    I Love To Do Volunteer Work

    It was about six years ago when I became obsessed with volunteering, helping out with charities and doing things for good causes. It was at a time when I was getting angry that I couldn't do anything to help my dad when he was going through cancer treatment, but instead of...
    WittyDittyInc WittyDittyInc 26-30 2 Responses Apr 24, 2013

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    Yes I Do ...

    I've done some volunteering in my time. In the past, it's mostly been at my church but over the last few years, I've been part of boards of non-profits. Right now, I volunteer as a board member of my city's community foundation where we give grants to local organizations that...
    AliveToThrive AliveToThrive 36-40, M 1 Response Jul 23, 2012

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    What I Regret

    Through the years I have volunteered in different ways, but only one experience was shared with my kids. I really regret that, because volunteering together could have done a lot to bring us closer, and to deepen our community ties. Hopefully we can still find opportunities where...
    FeelingOrange FeelingOrange 46-50, F 1 Response Aug 19, 2012

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    I Signed Up to Ring the Bell!!

     There are so many unemployed people and so many needy families this holiday season that charities are calling on all of us to pitch in. The food banks are in desperate need of canned food, and staple items such as sugar, flour, and dry non parishable goods. The toy drives...
    AnyonesBestGuess AnyonesBestGuess 36-40, M 3 Responses Nov 6, 2008

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    Lets Put Down Some Hours!!

    Ok People! I've been a member here for a while and I don't see any good coming out of this community. LETS SHAKE IT OUT! There are 776 members in here, imagine all we can do with only one hour a day. So, I have a proposal: I need 10 people (at least, don't leave me hanging...
    HoneybeeUSMgf HoneybeeUSMgf 31-35, F 3 Responses Apr 17, 2013

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    Need Volunteers For Your Organization?

    Need Volunteers for your organization?- Hope Development Volunteers can help your organisation find volunteers. We work with voluntary and community organizations in both the public, private and civil society sector. We can: 1. Help you to recruit and manage volunteers. 2. Help...
    volunteerabroad volunteerabroad 22-25 Dec 13, 2012

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    Volunteerism

    You know when you this kind gesture it doesnt need payment to make this a reality anything you can halp by reaching peoples live in a way you think you can,i never stop doing this for i believe that its a virtue to help those who needs you,i may not a literary genius but i know i...
    tawam tawam 36-40, M 2 Responses Dec 1, 2011

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    Went From Having To Wanting

    It may sound strange, or even bad, but I clearly remember going to the Relief Society meetings and taking part in the community activities how I felt forced into it all. Going out to help others was turned into a chore, a task required by our faith instead of being what it was...
    SeekingAmanda SeekingAmanda 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 16, 2013

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    I D K Why, I Just Do

    I was thinking about this subject a few days ago but didn't get around to writing it until I saw FaceBook and EP and other groups have started a volunteer challenge. It seems to be aimed at teenagers and I am far from being a teenager so I will stay away from that. They want a...
    CFOM CFOM 70+, M 1 Response Jul 10, 2012

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    Volunteering Is Fun!

    I have been volunteering at the local hospital for 7 years now.  I have done many different jobs as they became needed and learned so much along the way.  I was rather a shut-in at home and dealing with a depression and looking for a way to come out of my shell. ...
    robinorr2 robinorr2 41, F 1 Response Jun 8, 2010

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    Pottery

    I once visited a pottery-making shop. A guy, who was probably in his mid-50s, was showing us how a jar is made. He said you have to have the correct hand pressure to shape the clay. I was amazed as he slowly mold the clay into a beautiful jar with his gentle yet firm hands...
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F May 6, 2013

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    I Am a Reading Mentor

     I do something every week that most people don't know about. I use my lunch hour to volunteer at a local elementary school. I help at risk kids to become better readers. I bring books for the kids to read and take home to keep. I try to bring books that I know the child I...
    RichmansRevenge RichmansRevenge 41-45, M 2 Responses Oct 27, 2008

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    Animal Shelter

    My dream has always been to make a difference in people's lives but as I start college I feel lost. I don't know where I fit in this world, and I feel like no body understands me. But as a requirement for freshman, we needed to complete 10 hours of community service. In doing...
    experiencecin experiencecin 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 11, 2013

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    Volunteering

    I do a lot of volunteer work for my community.  Its a great way to help me feel good about myself and who I am.  I have also met a lot of people who have been very supportive of my efforts to rebuild my life.  Some know my stories, most do not.  I am very...
    Tigress35 Tigress35 31-35, F 1 Response Jun 16, 2007

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    Looking To Live

    I spent two years doing volunteer work in Oaxaca, Mexico when I was 19. It was the greatest time of my life....I felt so alive and so full of purpose. I want to find more volunteer experiences that will allow me to feel that way again.
    lendahand lendahand 36-40 Mar 22, 2012

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    Gotta Learn To Say No

    I thought when I retired that I'd spend a couple of mornings a week with one project and an evening with another and take a class or two to occupy my time. However . . .When you're experienced in management, have a knack for leadership, and understand logistics, all of a sudden...
    AlbertSAT AlbertSAT 66-70, M 1 Response Sep 21, 2012

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    Volunteers Unite!

     Volunteers Unite!  In staying with a long standing family tradition, I will be working extra hard this Holiday season by volunteering with the Salvation Army. William Booth started this charity in London's east end in 1865, to help those in abject poverty. His...
    CreatingScandal CreatingScandal 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 7, 2008

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    I Like Volunteering

    In my off time I help as a volunteer at a infant home close to my work place. I have been visiting to this place for about a year now.Usually on the weekends when there is no work.But some times in mid week too if I get any off time from work.The director at the orphans home is...
    sarayu57 sarayu57 26-30, F 5 Responses Nov 23, 2013

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    International Velvet....

    Awaken sleepy Wales, land of song Deep is the weakness, small is the flame Cruel is the harvest, but fair is the tune With the song of the lonely swan in my heart Every day when I wake up I thank the Lord I'm Welsh A feast of mead invigourated a shy Welshwoman I discovered the...
    roots2life roots2life 46-50, M 1 Response Feb 5, 2012

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    Volunteer

    I volunteer my time and effort to many causes. I am extremely passionate about helping out with autism particularly those with Aspergers. I also try to help out with depression and schizophrenia whenever I get a chance as well as juvenile delinquency. I have raised funds as...
    ArtOfPsychology ArtOfPsychology 22-25, M 1 Response Apr 14, 2012

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    I Miss My Volunteer Work!

    I have raised and released orphaned wallabies and other Australian wildlfie, The last one I released was in about June this year, the one I released last year has now had a baby, so that makes me a granny. I havn't been able to take one in this year because I am now working full...
    PurpleUmbrella PurpleUmbrella 31-35, F 1 Response Dec 15, 2007

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    Invest Your Time In Caring For The Needy...

    One of my friends once wanted celebrate her birthday by visiting an orphanage, instead of having a party in a restaurant. There was one in a slightly secluded area and the previous evening, we went to find out how we can help, may be we could pay for a session of their lunch or...
    thoughtbubble thoughtbubble 36-40, M 5 Responses Feb 18, 2013

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    The Best Day Ever

    Back in '02, the day before Mother's Day, was a beautiful spring day. I had only found out a short time before, about the "Walk for the Animals." I raised fifty or sixty bucks for the Humane Society, from my boss and a few others, and my girls and I showed up at the designated...
    FeelingOrange FeelingOrange 46-50, F Aug 19, 2012

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    Giving Yourself Away

    The very wise Mahatma Gandhi said: The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. Why? Because service gives life purpose. Which is very important to being able to get up everyday and moving on, as was said by Agent Smith in The Matrix. I find losing...
    holloway64 holloway64 46-50, M 4 Responses Apr 12, 2013

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    Volunteering Is Selfish.

    As a child I experienced abuse.  I was placed in institutions, shelters for children, in and out of the court room, juvenile detention centers etc.   Most of the staff was uncaring, but sometimes, somewhere , there would be a person with...
    WarriorMom WarriorMom 51-55, F 3 Responses Nov 7, 2008

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    I Love Volunteering

    I love volunteering and I've had fun giving up some of my free time. What i like about volunteering is to see people faces and see them smile because someone is giving there time to help them out. I love making people smile and volunteering gives me that satisfaction that i am...
    cynthiaeliza cynthiaeliza 22-25, F 3 Responses May 17, 2011

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    Gold Award - Great Day!

    Today the kids and I went to help a friend with her gold award project of replacing 80 some camp site sign posts. Gold award is girl scout equivelant of eagle scout. It not only felt good the kids learned how to use some more tools. They used levels, sledge hammers, post...
    guidence508 guidence508 41-45, M 2 Responses Mar 5, 2011

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    This Is Why I Do It.

    Being a genuinely good person, helping others, and leaving the world better than you found it is what a truly rich life is. Its warm memories endure even when money and prominence fade, and it’s filled with the only kind of wealth you can take out of this world with you...
    SpringlesAndStars SpringlesAndStars 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 18, 2013

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    Gotta Love the Kids

    I started volunteering in high school.  During my senior year at lunch time and during my free period after lunch I worked with kids at a school for autistic children.  The kids were amazing and the people who worked at the school were really cool too. ...
    worriedforbro worriedforbro 21-25, F 2 Responses Oct 4, 2007

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    Related Experiences

    I wish I had more time to do volunteer work. I love the feeling that you get after you help someone :) I love helping kids and with the older folks. I love to see the smile on...
    MINIONPOP MINIONPOP 16-17 Mar 28

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    Hell yeah just completed my first major workout since having my baby. Feels great! I missed it so much. It's like a high unlike any other! Can't wait to shed this baby weight...
    Nessy7787 Nessy7787 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 28

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    Sometimes it's like no matter what i've accomplished through my years of high school and growing up it's all for nothing. I haven't done anything spectacular like volunteer...
    Lifeshouldsparkle Lifeshouldsparkle 18-21, F Apr 13

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    I was a volunteer firefighter. Currently I just sold a business that I founded and ran and currently run another one. I am also a volunteer Search and Rescue member, and a...
    ansonmack25 ansonmack25 16-17, M 3 Responses Mar 30

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    I just got threw some Volunteer training and I have not told many people yet as I want to make sure its something I enjoy doing but also can handle. I work for a local rape and...
    funsnowgal funsnowgal 22-25, F Apr 12

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    I love to volunteer if the organisation / people need helps. I work hard to help them but I hate when they used me for their own benefit. felt like ****! and am facing the...
    red4x red4x 26-30, M Mar 24

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    I intend to travel to South Africa for 4 - 6 weeks to volunteer in a conservation programme helping animals; in particular orphaned cheetahs. I have a passion for protecting...
    OliviaLawrence OliviaLawrence 18-21, F Apr 3

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    it have been always my dream , to volunteer and see other people smile , i went through hard times and im still going by those moments where i loath myself , but if i be able to...
    cutekakashi cutekakashi 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 8

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    do you have any idea how innocuous you are? What are some weird old men going to do? Youre not only pvssys but you are fragile. All you are capable of doing is backing down from...
    LuisT LuisT 13-15 50 mins ago