Volunteering ~ BevnTempe

What is a volunteer? According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, a volunteer is someone who works for a community or for the benefit of the environment primarily because they choose to do so.

Volunteering comes in many forms: serving food at the local homeless shelter, providing computer technical support to a non-profit organization, acting in a leadership capacity on a charitable organization’s board of directors or coordinating the emergency response in the case of a disaster. Around the world volunteer centers exist to support the voluntary sector and make a difference in the communities that they serve.

“If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever.” 
– UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan

The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention states: Volunteers are the backbone of any community initiative.
 Community partnerships need the leadership and assistance provided by volunteers.
 Volunteers help to increase awareness and understanding of issues in the community.
 They help the partnership deliver its message and advance its agenda.
 They build a constituency for initiative.
 They empower the community partnership.
 They provide the partnership with valuable resources to fill gaps in skills, experiences, and people power…the most effective movements/groups are those in which the functions and needs of the body are met by the skills and interests of the members.
 They give community partnerships the credibility, support, and human resources that are essential in order for them to advance a community initiative.
 They help create a sense of community.
 They are a part of, live in, and are concerned with issues that affect them within the community.

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” 
The Dalai Lama

Where can someone volunteer? Almost anywhere. If you’re considering donating your time but aren’t sure what to do, think about what your interests are, talk to friends, or search online for places to donate your time. Some good websites to check out are

http://www.volunteermatch.org/

http://www.volunteer.gov/gov/

http://www.thelivingweb.net/volunteers.html

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” 
– Muhammad Ali

National Volunteer Week is a nationally recognized week when volunteers are often honored by individual organizations/businesses. NVW will be held April 19-25, 2009.

According to the Independent Sector, the estimated dollar value of volunteer time was $19.51 per hour for 2007. The value for 2008 will be released in spring, 2009. This estimate helps acknowledge the millions of individuals who dedicate their time, talents, and energy to making a difference. Charitable organizations most frequently use the value of volunteer time for recognition events or communications to show the amount of community support an organization receives from its volunteers.

“I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” 
– Mahatma Gandhi

Perhaps you already volunteer your time – such as picking up donated medical supplies for Project C.U.R.E., tutoring people trying to learn English, working with hospice patients, feeding the homeless, reading to school children, walking dogs at a shelter, helping with disaster planning, or numerous other places. Congratulations on being a volunteer. You make a difference in people’s lives. If you don’t, give it a try. You’d be surprised how good you feel when you give a little of yourself for someone else.

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  1. Truly a lovely post Bev and it makes feel proud that you are part of our little gang here, brava!

  2. Blackwater In Iraq: Won’t Be Allowed To Work There

    BAGHDAD — Iraq said Thursday it will bar Blackwater Worldwide from providing security protection for U.S. diplomats because its contractors used excessive force, sanctioning a company whose image was irrevocably tarnished by the 2007 killings of 17 Iraqi civilians.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/29/blackwater-in-iraq-wont-b_n_162111.html

  3. dog's eye view

    Bringing dnd’s WSJ link forward, since posted after thread changed.

    It’s apparently by Rove, so you may not thank me!

    from dnd:

    “Yet, as Mr. Bush left Washington, in a last angry frenzy his critics again distorted his record, maligned his character and repeated untruths about his years in the Oval Office. Nothing they wrote or said changes the essential facts.”

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123258532378704477.html

    Karl Rove has lost his propagandist ju-ju. This piece is laughable.

    comment above by dnd

  4. dog's eye view

    3 cheers for Bev and volunteers everywhere.

    Continually amazed that ppl don’t realize how much the volunteer gets out of service to another. It’s life enhancing for everyone.

    Excellent quotes on voluntarism’s value too. Wise selections.

  5. dnd

    Beautiful post Bev. You were spot-on when you said: “You’d be surprised how good you feel when you give a little of yourself for someone else.”

  6. dnd

    dog,
    Yeah, that piece was by Rove. He used to be a pretty good propagandist, probably the best since Joseph Goebbels. But he’s lost his mo-jo. He’s just trying to re-write history now to cover his ass.

  7. Nice post Bev. I was really impressed with the Starbucks campaign last week — free cup of coffee for five hours of volunteer service.

    Is that your photo tutoring? My volunteer service is something that I really enjoy doing completely out of my professional field: baseball umpiring. I work (volunteer) about ten to twelve non-school league baseball games a season, working either behind the plate of on the bases. I love baseball and coached the sport for seven years when my son was a little guy. Since then, I’ve been umpiring some each season.

    Again, Bev, nice post.

  8. BevnTempe

    Nope, that’s not me. I don’t wear hats! Brian selected the picture. I volunteer with Project C.U.R.E, Hospice, newsletters for volunteer organizations and special projects in my choral group. My hubby is the one who helps adults from Turkey, Italy, China, and Mexico.

    Thanks, everyone, for the very nice compliments.

  9. What the hell is blago prattling on about?

  10. Off thread: I’m with Paul Krugman and Glenn Greenwald of Salon.com in asking why is the president using up so much of his “honeymoon” time courting the Republicans. The House bill is now watered down, the Senate bill might be in trouble, because not one single Repug will vote with the president on crucial, critical pieces of legislation to get this country moving again. I don’t recall FDR courting the opposition in his first 100 days the way Obama is in his first 100 days.

    Bush didn’t court Dems, got them to do the “patriotic” things, and then condemned them anyway in his second run for the presidency in 2004.

    Screw the Repugs before they put things back in the order they want and have had for the past eight years. Sometimes Dems can be too nice!

  11. dnd

    eprof2,
    Ah, grasshopper, I think Obama is crazy like a fox. Not only are Americans sick of partisan bickering, times are tough and they want all public servants to work for all of us. By extending the olive branch, and then being dissed, and even then inviting them for cocktails, he’s giving the extreme right wing enough rope to hang themselves. He’ll never win over the Limbaugh, Malkin, Hannity crowd, but their numbers are dwindling.

    Obama’s being the good cop and letting Pelosi and Reid be the bad cop.

  12. dog's eye view

    I think Obama is doing this for the nation as much as for the GOP. We got treated to 8 years of being steamrolled; now GOP partisans want to blame our current issues on the 2 years of Dem majority status after the 2006 midterms, that without sufficient numbers to get around GOP obstruction.

    But Obama takes the long view. So maybe he’s being “excessively” responsive to GOP concerns now. He’s President. He can issue executive orders.

    We have to see how this one plays out. Further, the days of sticking to the script, even if it’s for the wrong movie, are over. The Obama team will experiment; not every initiative will work out.

  13. dog's eye view

    thinking on this more. We are in perilous times, and what will and will not work is not known.

    So all the more reason to go for GOP buy-in. You don’t want to take a 100% Democratic package down the tracks, because its success is hardly assured.

    Co-opt them. You know their only plan is to keep screaming that Dems don’t know how to run an economy, and their ideology needs yet another opportunity to flower.

    And write to your cable channels. Tell them you expect to see parity among political representatives with responsible views.

  14. horsedooty

    I have been considering being a volunteer at the local Veterans Affairs clinic but I have not contacted them at this point. Will follow up with a post about it.

  15. I signed up to teach a class at the senior center at the YMHA to teach people how to use a computer. I expect I’ll be seeing a lot of email pics of grand kids!

  16. dog's eye view

    Clever, Brian. And you’re probably right! But how good of you and doots to be volunteering.

  17. It’s only two evening a month.

  18. horsedooty

    I am aiming at maybe one or two days a month.

  19. And btw I do consider my admin work around here an act of public charity!

    😆

  20. horsedooty

    LOL stretching the imagination.

  21. BevnTempe

    I’m glad to hear about the different volunteering activities that members of BC are involved in. You’re great for helping others.

  22. Blago voted out office 50-0

  23. dog's eye view

    I am wondering if Illinois would have gotten a better senator if Quinn had been allowed to make the appointment.

    High drama today!

  24. Good post Bev.

    I don’t do volunteer work anymore so to speak, however I do help the rescue people where I adopted Jasmine from for an hour or so most weekends.

    Very enjoyable helping to get cats and kittens adopted.

    God Bless.

  25. Off topic kind of…

    Last night I left a comment to Nannymm which I believe that one of your ghost readers felt it necessary to email me about. Below is a part of that email and my reply to him…

    Sent: Wed, 28 Jan 2009 10:31 pm
    Subject: Nazis , murder ?

    Are you a member of the Communist Party ? You are calling people who care about the future of this country Nazis and advocating their murder . This is supposed to be the American way ?
    It is what Stalin and Hitler did to those who disagreed with them . Obama’s plan will bankrupt this country with no real help to create long lasting jobs . It seems you will be satisfied to receive your $ 1000.00 bribe to vote again for democrats so they can perpetuate the welfare state . What happens when people who actually pay taxes run put of money ? Who will pay your welfare benefits then . You are dangerous in your thinking and should be confined at Gitmo with your terrorist cohorts .

    Milton

    And my reply below…

    For Milton_p0,

    The answer to your question is no, I am not a communist and I am not advocating murder. Though it would not bother me one bit since your hero’s incite their base to commit murder regularly.

    It was your President who committed Crimes Against Humanity when he lied us into an illegal war and occupation in Iraq with Blood for Oil to steal the Iraqi Resources, a major War Crime. It was your President who instituted, authorized, condoned and along with Republicans and some Democrats covered up the War Crimes of Torture.

    It was a Republican who walked into a church with a shotgun and opened fire on woman and children because he listened to Hannity, Beck and Limbaugh who for years denigrated and demeaned those called Liberal or Democrat, just like the Nazi propagandists did to Jews in Germany. It was Republicans who allowed Constitutional Rights to be violated under the guise of keeping us safe.

    It was Republicans who deregulated the financial sector allowing Wall Street and Banks to push 143 Trillion Dollars in bad paper throughout the world destroying not only our economy, but the global economy as well and then begged for tax payers dollars to bail them out while still giving their corporate masters 18 billion dollars in bonus’s for destroying the financial sector of our country. Now they still want to reward their corporate masters with more tax breaks which will not trickle down to the middle and lower class American citizens.

    And no I do not collect welfare. I am 63 and have worked since I was 11 years old. I pay taxes like most of those who still have a job which has not been shipped overseas. I have watched our country become a third world nation under Republican policies for the last 30 years and they have brought Fascism to our shores.

    You think what you want about me because I really don’t care. The truth of the matter is the real unemployment figure is closer to 10 % or perhaps 12 % since they do not count those who gave up looking for work because there are not any jobs out there, there unemployment had run out or have taken part time jobs so they can still afford food for their families. And like the fact they refused to tell the American People we were in a recession over a year ago when the American people knew it is no different now when we are actually in a depression which has not fully hit us yet.

    Later this year the commercial real estate market will more than likely collapse and following that the credit card bubble will burst while more and more Americans lose their jobs and their homes while tent cities go up around the country. So don’t say Obama’s plan will not work, because if it does not you may find yourself just another citizen in a third world country. People like you do not support the values that Our Constitution was built on or what Our Forefathers spilled their blood and even died for.

    The Republican Party is a immoral and evil party today and is no longer the party of Lincoln. So continue to worship at the altar of Limbaugh and the Republican Fascist Nazi Party since you show the same contempt for Our Constitution as Bush\Cheney and the Republican Party does.

    Have a good day.

    Anon

    anon-paranoid

    WARNING!!!!
    Due too my criticism of Der Fuhrer Bush’s policies this email is probably being monitored by the NSA. By reading this email you may be added to the NSA Potential Terrorist watch list.

    This is what we as a nation have allowed to destroy our country by not being involved in our countries politics or by not using our right to vote.

    Wake up America and do not allow this to continue or you will find yourselves in the same position that we were in when we broke with King George and proclaimed our Freedom from a government that put the people under the yoke of a tyrant and tyranny.

    Milton seems to think that we should kneel before servitude to the Republican ideas returning our country to the days of King George or perhaps even a dictator such as Saddam.

    I say like the Jews said after World War II “Never again”.

    Never again shall we allow our freedoms and democracy to be defiled by those who would put the yoke of tyranny back upon us.

    Live free or die.

    God Bless.

  26. Chip Saltsman Withdraws From RNC Race After ‘Magic Negro,’ ‘Star Spanglish Banner’ Stirs

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/29/star-spanglish-banner-rnc_n_162249.html

  27. horsedooty

    too bad he withdrew. But we need to remember and point out what kind of A__holes they really are.

  28. Obama Allies Use Limbaugh To Hammer GOP On Stimulus

    Key Democratic groups are launching a series of radio advertisements on Friday designed to tie Republicans to Rush Limbaugh and put pressure on GOP Senators to support the stimulus package.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/29/obama-allies-use-limbaugh_n_162390.html

  29. dnd

    GDP down 3.8% in the fourth quarter. Worst since ’82.

  30. dog's eye view

    another made to order pop culture news outrage:

    “The woman who gave birth to octuplets this week already has six young children and never expected that the fertility treatment she received would result in eight more babies, her mother said Thursday.

    … Neighbors said [the octupulets’ mother] and her six children — ages 7, 6, 5, 3 and 2-year-old twins — live there with her mother. [Her father is taking a high risk contractor position in Iraq to support his daughter’s brood.] Her marital status is unknown.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-octuplets30-2009jan30,0,5460225.story

    Another story said the mother first appeared for prenatal care at 12 weeks, at which time the presence of many, many babies was discovered.

    I am guessing the mother obtained fertility drugs and took them on her own. An LATimes story about a different multiple pregnancy (5 babies) suggested it is not hard to come by them on the street in Tijuana and elsewhere. Am wondering if she is enamored of a current love, trying to establish a lifelong tie there.

    But someone who has given birth to 6 children in as many years — and has 2-year old twins at [her parents’] home — would not seem to be having the usual problem treated with fertility drugs.

    This one is private behavior encroaching on public interest, because the 8 babies will consume millions of dollars in medical care, health care, and social services over their lifetimes.

    Babies are a blessing, but this sounds like a made to order Mother Hubbard living in someone else’s shoe.

    signed,
    dog the Malthusian

  31. dog's eye view

    re 8 children; make that 14 children under the age of 7.

    This is really just nuts. 7 children 7 and under sounds very hard to do as well. I have known big families. Requires an incredible amount of work and the birth intervals are (in my experience) longer than this case.

    We are not Soviets. This does not sound like a hero mother.

    But time will tell, I guess…

  32. dnd

    dog,
    Malthus was right.

  33. Chef Sheila

    Great Post Bev,

    The only way we are all going to get through this. I have to admit. We are falling toward depression. The administration knows it and is trying to put fall back measures in place to soften the blow.

    I didn’t want to get up…I worked out this morning and now its time for the Cooking day from hell. lol BUT, the folks are out for a party tonigh, I’m off by 5pm….YEY!

    See you in spurts today~!

  34. Chef Sheila

    YOu go anon-P!! I feel the same way. Not a living right winger can say that the Obama Administration is pulling us down…..Shit! We’re already there. It would take an act of God to verily get us out this year.

    Instead, that guy Milton had better brace for impact…its coming and there is nothing we can do.

  35. Nannymm

    Way to go A-P! Those repugs are living in fantasy land.

    Great post, Bev. I’m a firm believer in volunteering and do alot of it….PTO, Boy Scouts, school and church activities, and the hospital. It keeps me busy and I enjoy it. The surest way to be part of a community is to volunteer to work for the good of that community.

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