I am not a volunteer person, as in I don’t do charity volunteer work. Sometimes it bothers me, but then I think where would I find the time? It’s obviously not a priority in my life.
I think it’s because my parents and most people I know never volunteered. You learn from watching others, but I had no volunteers to watch growing up.
I have been a volunteer for a couple of things. I was a Girl Scout Brownie leader at one time. I also spent several years in the Jaycees, an organization that does a lot of volunteering.
We give generously to our favorite charities money wise. We give most everything we no longer want to the charity shop. We buy things like cookies or magazine subscriptions from children we know who are trying to raise money for their school or organization by selling.
We just don’t give our time.
I have a friend who is a massage therapist. He just started volunteering to give massages at a nursing home for those with diminished mental capacity. He thinks it’s wonderful. One of the guys I work with is a founding board member for Ten Thousand Villages here in town, and is very involved with the success of it. Another good friend of mine is in the ‘Big Brother’ organization and has a ‘little brother’ he spends time with. I also know some people who volunteer for charity walks for their chosen organization as a way to raise funds.
My brother is a big time volunteer. He is a professional firefighter who also volunteers at the local volunteer fire house. He puts his life on the line when he volunteers.
I think if I did volunteer, it would have to have something to do with children or animals. But, with having a full-time job, taking care of the house, and being away one or two weekends every month, I couldn’t schedule something on a regular basis.
It’s not that I’m uncaring. Sometimes, I care too much. Maybe it’s because of that I’m not willing to find the time. I would hate to be involved with a child and find out their parent isn’t parenting responsibly, or an animal organization where at times they have to put an animal to sleep. I know I would cry, and be heartbroken. I would want to keep the child and take all the animals home.
Scuba Man says I have too big of a heart. I don’t think that’s a bad thing. It just means I would get way too emotionally involved if I volunteered.