What do you do for helping others in your community?

Auburn Bill
By Auburn Bill Latest Reply 2011-09-27 23:51:09 -0500
Started 2011-09-21 14:21:23 -0500

I find helping others in the community at the local food pantry. I write for resources, donations, grants, sample food products, ect. and give my ideas for fund raisers at our Task Force meetings. This allows me to confidence in helping others in need, self worth, doing what the Lord ask of my talents to do. My time goes by fast as we plan for many events and fundraisers.
Also help at local in town Red Cross blood dries for several years now. Saw my old college up the street go raise above their normal goal to 114% of their goal this past April! That puts our community of blood drives to shame!
What are your feelings, your sense of community devotion, helping where you are able in community events?
I grew up in a Slovak neighborhood where we took care of our own and others who were less fortunate with food, goodies, and companionship, some one to talk with on the lonely evenings! Grandpa Bill

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lmkilday 2011-09-27 23:51:09 -0500 Report

Sometimes I work with the Legal Clinic for Elder & Disabled Law. I'm certified in CPR and those trained are going to be sent text messages when a person in their area is in need of CPR so that someone can be available immediately instead of waiting for Paramedics. Program hasn't started yet. I'm also going to be tutoring indigent students at Chicago city colleges through WyzAid. I tutor with WyzAnt and they are starting a volunteer group called WyzAid. If anyone is interested in volunteering with WyzAid, I can give you the contact info.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-09-23 18:46:32 -0500 Report

Hi1 This is a geat post. We can all benefit so much by reaching out to others. I think that when we focus on the needs of others, we take our mind off of our own problems, and we may actually feel better in the process. And when we give, we also receive. Thanks for this!

MewElla 2011-09-22 16:06:46 -0500 Report

I love to do volunteer work in the community…makes me feel good and sets the tone of my day. I work with the Food Bank, for a number of years…work with local Christian orgization that helps with food, clothes, medicines, etc; volunteer work at my Church, once a month…hospital auxiliary…It is kinda like a pay back for all that has been done…

Type1Lou 2011-09-22 13:54:37 -0500 Report

I volunteer at the local library once a week. I've taught some sewing at the local Boy's and Girl's Club. I belong to a local quilt guild and twice a year, we make and donate around 80 quilts at a time to the County Sheriff's Department to distribute to people that need them,(e.g. given to both children and adults who might have been in accidents or been burned out of their homes, or children taken into custody for various reasons etc). These quilts are called "Cruiser Quilts" because they are carried and distributed from the police cruisers. I've worked with the ADA on their Walk for Diabetes and worked on fund-raising for our county hospice. This retired life is busy and I love it. In helping others who are less fortunate, it helps us count our blessings. I'm thinking of getting involved with Literacy Volunteers…just need to find a convenient time slot!

MEGriff1950 2011-09-21 20:47:11 -0500 Report

I was a volunteer firefighter/first responder for 6 years, had to move and quit the department. In the fall and winter of 06 I helped with the AWANA group at our church until my disability said no more. Through the grace of God I am able to get around a bit better again so last Sunday I went with members of our church to help with the Sunday Service at our local convelescent center. It was awesome again to feel useful again.
Bill as far as cats go I did not volunteer for it but ended up with some abandonded cats, 1 ferall and a couple strays. Cat hair tons I think I have problems with hair balls too. Cough Cough.

Auburn Bill
Auburn Bill 2011-09-22 15:06:26 -0500 Report

I was very active at the Matthew House till she found out I had neuropathy, was not allowed to volunteer there since. Was turned down at our local hospital red coat volunteers due to me using a wheeled walker - liability issue! Shame to waste the talent I had working with others!

MEGriff1950 2011-09-22 18:27:41 -0500 Report

Bill, I think that you have forgotten something really BIG! You come here to learn and also To Help Others. If you post 1000 times and only once what you say helps to improve or save 1 life your volunteering here has paid for itself a thousand fold. The knowledge you have is invaluale. Never forget how awesome you are.
God bless you,

spiritwalker 2011-09-21 20:07:48 -0500 Report

I volunteer with two local woman and child shelters. A group of us try to make it a
more friendly place by providing afghans,quilts,small personal items such as slippers,
hats,shawls and so forth. These go with people as they move into apartments or are
relocated by Salvation Army. Another sister group provide suitcases,backpacks and so
on. I help with the serving of meals at two local churches which serve a supper meal.
There are always ways to donate time and energy.
I encourage everyone to look into volunteering.

Abby888 2011-09-21 17:38:43 -0500 Report

Well as someone that needs to use the local food pantry to supplement the small amount of food stamp money I get, I just want to say thank you to all those that volunteer. You have no idea how much it means to me and my family. If everyone was so kind this world would be a better place >>hugs

granniesophie 2011-09-21 15:16:25 -0500 Report

I work with Basset Hound Rescue-you would not believe how many hounds get turned in to us or just abandoned. They are such cute puppies with long ears and big eyes, but then they grow up to be large stubborn hounds who drool everywhere and pretty much do what they want most of the time (unless you bribe them with food!) and then people don't want them and give them up. So we find them good homes.
My house is wall to wall hair and slobber, and I love it!!

Auburn Bill
Auburn Bill 2011-09-21 15:26:18 -0500 Report

We got cat hair from a Mane Coon Cat, all black and gray over te kitchen table and dinin room table too! He loves me to pet him wihle I read the morning paper! What a survivor, he lived ouitdooors for 2 1/2 winters before he stepped into our home just before Christmas this past winter! We fed him al that time, 2x a day., loved and purred to us! Was like God sent hiom to us as a Christmas gift! Now he loves all who come into our home, for this is his home also! God Bless, Grandpa Bill

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