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  • I left and had tons of free time and loved it

    5 21.74%
  • I stayed involved in other ways

    6 26.09%
  • I left and went to another organization

    2 8.70%
  • I left and took up professional alcohol consumption

    5 21.74%
  • I left and never came back

    4 17.39%
  • I left for a while got some stuff done, and went back.

    2 8.70%
  • I left and started my own organization

    0 0%
  • I left and became Stan

    2 8.70%
  • I have never volunteered because it is for Kiss A$$es

    2 8.70%
  • I have never volunteered unless they where going to pay me... so it became a job

    1 4.35%
  • What is this volunteering that you speak of?

    6 26.09%
  • Other (please explain)

    3 13.04%
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Thread: Not Volunteering Anymore?

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    Cyburbian michaelskis's avatar
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    Not Volunteering Anymore?

    I decided not to volunteer with a Youth organization that I have been with for over 2 ½ years because this semester and the next two semesters will be taking up all my free time, and I am going to have the time availability required to volunteer anymore, or at least until I finish Grad School.

    Have you ever been in a volunteer role with a substantial time commitment for a long period of time (multiple years) and because of other commitments decided to leave? If so, how did you deal with the adjustment? How did you keep in touch with everyone?
    "A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. Time makes more converts than reason." - Thomas Paine Common Sense.

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    I did 15 years with Army Family Support Groups (previously known as "Army Wives Support Groups" and probably a few other things). When I had the opportunity to become a moderator of an online forum, I began doing less for the FSG. Then we went to a duty station where there was no FSG, so I never went back. And I will soon officially no longer be a military wife, so I don't expect to ever go back. Due to the nature of FSG's, folks came and went all the time and there was no one that I became that attached to, so that question is irrellevent to my situation.

    Moderating was something more convenient to my life and a more rewarding experience. I have no regrets.

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    Withdrawing from a volunteer role one has long occupied can be a painful experience. Oftentimes the organization misses that person greatly and feels as if they have been forsaken and suffered an irreplacable loss resulting in a comprimise of the organization's mission. A sad state of affairs indeed.

    My advice is to do one of the following:
    1. Show up to a meeting sh*tfaced drunk.
    2. Expose yourself to a minor belonging to that organization.
    3. Write a poison pen Letter to the Editor running that organization to the ground

    By doing any of the above you will succeed in completely eliminating any of those pangs of regret the organization might otherwise experience at your departure.
    Good luck!
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    I am currently volunteer for one of my town's fire departments (100% volunteer). It does take time, I am the secretary and obviously a firefighter. I have actually loved it. It has given me something to fill my time since getting out of grad school and can I say I love it more than planning I have a girl whom I'm pretty serious with and we will probably be getting married in the comming year or two I will move in with her (I rent she owns) and join that other town's fire department then, it's in my blood and not something I can just give up at this point in my life.
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    Volunteer work? What's that? I've never done any volunteer work for any organization and I don't feel the urge to do so... if others like to be volunteers then I praise them because it's not something that I'd do...

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    Quote Originally posted by SkeLeton
    Volunteer work? What's that? I've never done any volunteer work for any organization and I don't feel the urge to do so... if others like to be volunteers then I praise them because it's not something that I'd do...
    So, how much are they paying you to act as a moderator on Cyburbia? And can I get a slice of the action because I am doing this stuff for FREE -- ie "volunteering".

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    I volunteered throughout high school, my undergraduate years, and during teacher's college all for the sake of gaining experiences to beef up the applications for each level that led me to the program that I'm now in - undergrad, teacher's college, and now this program. So far, I haven't volunteered a bit for this school year of 2005-2006.

    I'm not exactly sure why this is the case. Perhaps I'm no longer under the pressure of getting volunteer experiences because I'm not planning to apply for further schooling after I'm finished with this program. Perhaps it's because I'm located in an isolated part of the city, where I can't even walk to any nearby neighbourhoods, because there aren't any! Perhaps it's because there's nothing offered at the university that interests me, whereas there were things that interested me at my alma mater, where I did my undergrad and teacher's college years. Perhaps, it's because I've realized that I wasn't enjoying my time when I was volunteering in the past. Perhaps, it's because I don't want my life to be a total rush at all time. Perhaps, it's because I want some more time for myself. Perhaps, it's a combination of all of these reasons and others that haven't occurred to me as possible reasons why I'm no longer volunteering these days.

    And, yet, I don't feel ashamed that I'm not volunteering.

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    Quote Originally posted by Michele Zone
    So, how much are they paying you to act as a moderator on Cyburbia? And can I get a slice of the action because I am doing this stuff for FREE -- ie "volunteering".
    I'm not a moderator... I'm a Gallery Moderator (not the same thing) And I don't see it as volunteer work... But I'm happy with it, although it's not much "work"

    I only see volunteer work as working in the real life, not in an internet community.

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    Anytime I've volunteered, I found people rude and unappreciative. I don't miss it at all.

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    Quote Originally posted by SkeLeton
    I'm not a moderator... I'm a Gallery Moderator (not the same thing) And I don't see it as volunteer work... But I'm happy with it, although it's not much "work"

    I only see volunteer work as working in the real life, not in an internet community.
    Off-topic:
    It is volunteer work and it has real world consequences. Moderating sometimes is paid work -- for example, the folks who publish Simcity have online forums and they hire people to moderate those forums. So, if you are doing it for free, you are providing volunteer labor. When I was a director for a group of online communities that the founder was trying to transition from "voluntary health and welfare organization" to full blown, tax-deductible charity, the volunteer staff and free server (etc) was estimated at half a million dollars a year in value. Moderating is considered to be the equivalent of professional work because it takes "more than ordinary skills" to perform -- ie you have to have computer skills and you can't just pull any yutz off the street and expect them to succeed at it.

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    Do you suppose giving blood every now and then is kinda like volunteering? Cause i do that- only because i can walk in and out whenever i feel like it- there are no strings attached- and i am still doing "a good thing".

    My dad helped run the local cricket club and it was like a full time job- phone calls at all hours of the day, always at meetings and people always wanting stuff from you. It became a nightmare- no wonder less people volunteer these days

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    I volunteered as a cub scout leader for 5 years, and at the same time was the coach for my son's soccer team for 5 seasons. He's no longer involved in those organizations. I've also headed up holiday gift-giving to foster children and families, etc. Now I'm having a well-deserved rest.

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    There are givers and takers in this world.... what are you?

    I look at it as a very yin-yang relationship, do you give back to the community/church/organization what you get out of it?
    @GigCityPlanner

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    I used to work at a firm in Marquette Michigan called UP Engineers and Architects, in the years I was there I worked with communities across the UP, Wisconsin and Northern Lower Pen. Basically my "volunteer" work is when the community would inevitably run out of $$$$ I would just continue on and finish the work at no charge.

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    I volunteer all of the free time I have to worthwhile organizations. Society would be much better off if people actually did something to help other people and not just themselves. I think the government should force certain people to volunteer as part of their punishement. They may actually enjoy it. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills, take on a leadership role, and instill community and civic pride.

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    I work 40+ hours a week for local government salary. I'd say that's quite a bit of volunteering.

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    I used to volunteer for church, and for our section of the APA, but then I went and had 3 kids in 2 years. Between debilitating pregnancies and then the haze of nursing and mothering young infants, all of my time was gone.

    I will say, I don't miss it terribly.

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    Quote Originally posted by savemattoon
    Anytime I've volunteered, I found people rude and unappreciative. I don't miss it at all.
    I think there is a significant portion of the population that equates volunteer work with socialism.....in some sick way......the idea being that everyone should be able to take care of themselves without the help of others......just a strange observation..... As for me, I just don't have time or energy and will pencil in some time in the year 2025, if I get a chance......
    "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."
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    Quote Originally posted by SkeLeton
    I'm not a moderator... I'm a Gallery Moderator (not the same thing) And I don't see it as volunteer work... But I'm happy with it, although it's not much "work"

    I only see volunteer work as working in the real life, not in an internet community.
    So it's ok for Maister to post pictures of Animal p0rn in the gallery? I hear he has pictures of a sheep!
    Quote Originally posted by Downtown
    I used to volunteer for church, and for our section of the APA, but then I went and had 3 kids in 2 years. Between debilitating pregnancies and then the haze of nursing and mothering young infants, all of my time was gone.

    I will say, I don't miss it terribly.
    I forgot about APA... I am on a committee there too!
    "A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. Time makes more converts than reason." - Thomas Paine Common Sense.

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    I forgot about APA stuff too.......... I am on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Chapter of the APA.... (MAP)

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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis
    So it's ok for Maister to post pictures of Animal p0rn in the gallery? I hear he has pictures of a sheep!
    If he posts p0rn... he's dead... He'll be most probably banned and that is something I can't do. Let's say if he breaks a minor gallery rule, he'll get a PM from me or the other Gallery Mods.. whoever gets it first.

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    I was a girl scout volunteer for 10 long years. I've paid my dues.
    You darn tootin', I like fig newtons!

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    I managed, coached, and was a scorekeeper for over 10 years of little, senior, and colt league baseball. Oh, and I did my share of coaching baskeball, too. Now I volunteer to come home after work and drink beer (from a can) and wine (directly out of the bottle). I've earned it.
    Annoyingly insensitive

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    I did more when I was younger and still do some at church. I've done stuff for APA and state chapters, including a presentation at a conference and editing a newsletter. This year I would like to do Relay for Life again since I've had realitives who have died of cancer.
    When did I go from Luke Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi?

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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis
    So it's ok for Maister to post pictures of Animal p0rn in the gallery? I hear he has pictures of a sheep!
    ha ha.
    Okay, I get the point. Perhaps my first post on this thread was not as funny as I had hoped. Have ye no sense of ribaldry?
    Apparently so.
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