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Volunteer Work
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Posted 1/11/11
My school requires 20 hours of community service. I volunteered as a secretary at my old elementary school.
Now I decided to volunteer as a counselor in training there
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I pay taxes. Taxes pay for roads, schools, medicare, street signs, police, fire departments, etc. Sure If I have a friend in need I'll help out, but I see no need to be overly zealous so long as I do my part. There are three types of people who do extra community service: 1) people who are very kind-hearted, probably too kind-hearted for their own good, 2) smug zealots who want to look good on paper, and 3) those convicted of minor offenses sentenced to community service.
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Several years ago I reinvented myself again: continuing saga in life if'n you don't wish to be or feel stuck. I got out of trucking and went back to college to attain a Master's degree in Psychology with eventual attainment as a legit psychologist. While getting caught up in undergrad level psych courses I hired on with local service organization called GOARC: Greater Ozarks Assoc. for Retarded Citizens who needed aides. That experience working with and helping these people was quite uplifting. Beforehand I would have never thought so.

Types of folks who worked there:
1) individual already had a sibling or parent who suffered from debilitating disease so this type of work gave them sense of life purpose, continuation of caregiver skills, paid better than other jobs they could attain;
2) college grad doing face time with residents before moving on to administrative/mgmt aspect of community-involved quasi-gov't employment;
3) college grad with MS in Social Work or related who can't find work in their field of study so are reshaping their immediate future working a slightly different field,
4) HS kids learning caregiving and feel a sense of contribution to their community,
5) people who couldn't find work elsewhere because of their orientation, beliefs out in the secular world. I worked with many gays and transgenders in this aspect of the helping professions who were positive contributors. Many were going on to become nurses, EMTs, etc.
6) 20-somethings unfit for other types of work who managed to slip through the employment filters because organization really needed the assistance of some being(s) regardless of past histories.
7) mid-management individuals who are more concerned about what the organization could do for them rather than "members" or "clients" (found these types in every aspect of work with exception to self-employment).

Left this organization after almost 5 years work account burn-out and distaste for the internal politics of a bureacratic system. Never finished the Psych program at the accredited University of choice either. Rather, I had to drop-out and care-give my Mom who contracted pancreatic cancer. That was 14 years ago, she died 12 years ago. Those skills I learned working with MR's (mentally retarded) and cerebral palsy affected came in handy as caring for an aging parent was always a big concern to me (only child, no siblings to share responsibility with). And hey, if I can do this as a single guy (at the time) likely you can to when it's your turn to decide.
Posted 1/11/11
Hmm... >_>
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