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Volunteering...How do you give back?

posted 9/26/2009 7:54:43 PM |
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  KitKat25

Since there are a lot of really compassionate people here in Pervia, I thought it would be interesting to share how we all volunteer within our own communities.

I personally didn't do a lot of volunteer work until I became an adult. Since then my volunteer activities have usually centered on children or pets. Some of my volunteer duties have included mentoring, tutoring and coaching through different schools, as well as the YMCA.

One season I even helped with referring basketball games at the local YMCA, which was a lot of fun, and gave me whole new perspective on just how tough it is to be an official.

One of my current volunteer activities includes working with pets...specifically rescued chinchillas. Now, if you had asked me what a chinchilla was 8 years ago I couldn't have told you to save my life. They are now a big part of my life, as I have taken in 6 homeless chinchillas over the past 4 years. Since their life span is between 10 and 20 years, they are going to be making lots of noise in my house (yes...than can be quite noisy at night) for many years to come.

If you want to see my chinchillas' cute mugs...click below.

Aquarius - Queen Chinchilla

Gizmo, Tigger & Scooter

So...how do you give back to your community?

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Wordsofwit

Sep 26 @ 8:03PM  
My aunt's husband's brother raised chinchillas commercially. They were mean and spit at you. I saw them as a well dressed opossum. All of my dogs have been rescues.
shewolf53

Sep 26 @ 8:06PM  
I have worked since the 1970s on Native American causes and have tried to help those in need at Pine Ridge such as the elderly and children.
NightOfOld

Sep 26 @ 8:18PM  

As I have said several times on here. I go around passing out tents, sleeping bags, food and clothing to the homeless within 25 miles of me. I do not do it
through any agency or church. It's something I do on my own at my own personal exspence. I go without things I may like or want to do this, as I feel I have so much more than they do. I try to make things easier on them. There have been times when I have found young ladys stranded and bought them a bus ticket home.
Sure it keeps me broke. But keeps my heart warm and I feel good about it.
fordman09

Sep 26 @ 8:21PM  
I have been trying to volunteer at the Las Vegas Bunny Ranch for years For some reason they keep declineing my offer
KitKat25

Sep 26 @ 8:32PM  
My aunt's husband's brother raised chinchillas commercially. They were mean and spit at you. I saw them as a well dressed opossum.

WoW: Yep...they can be as mean as hell if they're raised in fur farms. When you put them in an environment where they are loved and well taken care of...they are very loving.

One of my latest rescues would stand up and shoot piss at you if she felt threatened...now she loves to be petted and hasn't done that in over a year.

I have another one who loves to "shoulder surf" while I'm walking around the house. This same chinchilla will also sit in your lap and listen to rock music...he's quite the character.

As I have said several times on here. I go around passing out tents, sleeping bags, food and clothing to the homeless within 25 miles of me. I do not do it through any agency or church. It's something I do on my own at my own personal exspence. I go without things I may like or want to do this, as I feel I have so much more than they do. I try to make things easier on them. There have been times when I have found young ladys stranded and bought them a bus ticket home. Sure it keeps me broke. But keeps my heart warm and I feel good about it.

Night: I take my hat off to you...I wish there were more people like you in the world.
Detach

Sep 26 @ 8:36PM  
I work every other morning for Habitat for Humanities and Contribute 10% of my stock profits to United Way.
zena343

Sep 26 @ 8:39PM  
you guys all make me feel like a shmuck!! And night you are the truest of genuine people!! You give and do without, not many people can say they do that. And I know it comes from your heart..xo
ladybootscooter

Sep 26 @ 8:41PM  
I work on a Relay for Life team every year to raise money for the American Cancer Society, and I also work with our local CADV (Citizens Against Domestic Violence). They operate the local shelter for abused women and children.
sugarnspice005

Sep 26 @ 9:45PM  
omg!! Those chinchilla's are adorable!

Between my job, and the handful I have here at home...I don't get out much to actually do volunteer work..but, when I do go to my local Pet Smart, will pay and extra buck or two to the charity they support.
somnium

Sep 26 @ 10:20PM  
Like WoW, all of my dogs have been rescues! You can tell, or at least I could tell, that they really appreciate moving into a home that is theirs with food, water and fun things to do for them!

With that, I get unconditional love back and the best watch dogs you can get and still have them be playful! Looking for another one soon!

LilGriz

Sep 26 @ 10:43PM  
I don't know if you would consider this as volunteering, but every 3 weeks or so I lay on a bed for a couple hours giving blood - primarily platelet apheresis. I also am clear of a certain virus that afflicts 75% of the population - and few even know they have had it unless they have gone through the screening. I forget how many gallons so far, but it is in the mid teens.

I have also helped build houses with the local Habitat chapter here in MN.
DarkKnightWalking

Sep 27 @ 1:09AM  
Currently we are members of ABATE and HOG, motorcycle groups that deal with MDA, battered womens shelters, the VA hospital and also do many local fund raisers and rides to help with funds for local people who have suffered fire, accidents, illnesses, etc.


In the past I was Jaycees president and chairman 4 times for the MDA telethon in my town, raised funds to send handicapped children to a special Jaycees summer camp in Missouri, and took local underprivileged children on Xmas "Shopping Sprees" where we gave them store credit for 100 dollars to buy gifts for their families. The last one I did, we took 75 kids. We also did up food and gift baskets and Xmas trees and delivered them to low income peoples homes...I think the last year for that was 30 homes. We also raised funds to put on the 4th of july fireworks show for our town and set it off ourselves ( the local fire department wouldn't touch it ) which cost 2500 per year. We put up all the Christmas pole lights on main street and around the square every year.

And then of course we put on the annual haunted house to help raise funds for our other projects.....*Wicked Laugh* I was chairman of that for about 8 years...
flavorbuster

Sep 27 @ 2:40AM  
Damn !!!! I thought you were talking about this .. I didn't know what a Chinchilla was .... ....
KitKat25

Sep 27 @ 3:15AM  
OMG...LMAO that is too funny...the chia pets all look like sheep. Shhh...don't tell Ewe okay?
max49

Sep 27 @ 9:23AM  
I have a huge garden and every year after my family, friends and I have everything we need to make it through the winter I take everything else that I get in the garden to my local food bank so less fortunate people can have some fresh grown veggies.
Ewe_Wish

Sep 27 @ 10:57AM  
Well actually I don't do much to volunteer anymore...........since my illness I haven't been able to............in Ohio I was the patient advocate for the VA Medical Center my late husband was a resident in...............and I counciled teenage girls with alcohol and drug problems at a lock up group home............I have hopes that some day I will be able to do some of that again.....
theSkwirl

Sep 27 @ 1:02PM  
I volunteer for the VA, reading to the blind. I also organize the canned food drives for AMD.. which reminds me people.. it's time to start saving up canned/non perishable foods for Thanksgiving giving.

Before I moved here to Southern Oregon I did for the elderly.. whatever they needed doin.

I figure that I've gotten so much from people in my life, it's just the minimum I can do to return the favor.
KitKat25

Sep 27 @ 4:44PM  
OMG...you guys and gals rock!

I knew a lot of you had generous spirits, but I had no idea of the amount of generosity present on AMD. I'm truly in awe of the volunteer work some of you currently do, or have done in the past. I take my hat off to each and every one of you and sincerely hope I can incorporate some of your volunteer ideas into my own life.

Thanks so much for commenting!
StraddleMyNose

Sep 27 @ 8:11PM  
I help out taking care of stray cats when I can outside of my home. I can never let one starve to death.
ksk72

Sep 27 @ 8:42PM  
Your chins are cute...I have one and she is a nut case.

Any volunteer work I do is with dogs. I do everything from grooming at the shelter to promoting dog parks.

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Volunteering...How do you give back?