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Volunteer

Make the time to give of yourselves.

Published: February 25, 2012


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Visitor Comments: 16

(10) Sidney, March 6, 2012 3:12 AM

Volunteer in a different area

I thinki that the guy should have been told to consider volunteering in a different area than he had been in as an employee. He probably was just burned out and could use a change of scenery.

(9) SusanE, March 1, 2012 5:06 AM

Be Careful When You Volunteer

When RSVP got big in our small town and some people who didn't need to work for money volunteered at our local hospital..... they did jobs that women aides, who needed to work for money were already doing. Four older women lost their much needed minimum wage jobs because volunteers did that work for free.

(8) Ady, February 29, 2012 10:10 AM

Volunteering...

Thanks Lori for your little clip, and well spoken I might add. There is an old saying about the above topic: "There is nothing like the heart of a Volunteer". For most of my life I have volunteered to help out on all sorts of projects, starting when I was a meer teen collecting funds for charity to the present day being a volunteer Rural Fire Officer, community work with our local Rotary Club and so much more. Their is so much self satisfaction from helping out and achieving the out comes in helping others in what ever form it may be. I would strongly recommend to any one to volunteer one's time, knowledge, and skills in helping the community in some way.

(7) Pessy, February 29, 2012 4:33 AM

sorry story

I feel bad for that guy. You must be really self centered to be able to spend your days, and weeks playing golf, working out, and managing your money. Maybe if he wouldn't be so obsessed with himself and his money, it wouldn't need that much managing. If he would spend some of his FREE time (and it all seems like free time to me, the way he's spending it) doing something for someone else, he would be happier without having to spend his money. There are so many ways to make a difference in other people's lives, he can even use his beloved golf, and actually be doing something for someone (like a fundraiser or something) and give meaning to something that was meaningless beforehand. This story has gotten me really worked up. It's simply unbelievable.

(6) Suzanne, February 28, 2012 9:45 PM

Lori, of course volunteering is a noble thing

I just would like to add one thing, however. I've noticed that there are cases where people who are really "out there" volunteering sometimes overlook the fact that charity begins at home. Yes, we might not get any recognition for this in newpapers or award ceremonies but there are alot of children at home who have social or academic problems or old people who are crippled with lonliness and pushed into assisted living homes because their relatives were too busy doing high profile things they get "recognition" for. The quality of their lives is really diminshed because of this, too. I think people should volunteer, of course, but unless there is a true emergency, sometimes the needs of ones immediate families must be looked at first.

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