What do you do to volunteer and give back? - page 4

My volunteer career began before my nursing career - I was a candy-striper when I was 14 til about 16 years of age. This was back in the day where we wore white/red striped dresses. Don’t know if... Read More

  1. by   ken64
    Since 1999, I have founded and lead an online support group for victims of abuse with a major focus on abused men because abused men have been overlooked by almost everyone. In fact, in many places, if a man calls the police for domestic abuse, he is the one who will be arrested even if his wife or girlfriend was never harmed. Our group is called Shattered Men but from day one, we would not refuse to help women and half our leadership are women. I have talked to many on the phone and have even visited many in person, including a woman who was raped and was being targeted for bullying and was able to stop all the bullying and to reassure her of her self worth. As a result, we have been able to prevent about 3 dozen suicides, several of who were within seconds of taking their own lives. Our focus is also Biblically based as I am an ordained pastor and have found that most churches do NOT help abused men. I have been asked several times what I wanted in return for helping them, my answer has always been for each person to know the peace and joy only Jesus Christ can give.
  2. by   MindfulMSWRN
    I think volunteering is so important. There are so many options and ways to get involved. Personally, my passion is for perinatal and maternal-child mental health/wellness. I serve on the Board of Directors for a local NPO, facilitate groups for the organization, and co-chair a postpartum wellness committee in our community. It's a great way to give back to my community, but also to raise awareness and get conversations going among colleagues and community stakeholders as well.
  3. by   Craftsman
    Volunteering... it's what makes life interesting and rewarding for me. Back in the 'old days' when I was a sound technician for TV and movies I started working with first aid, then became an EMT to enhance my value in engineering. That lead to joining a disaster response team, which lead to becoming an amateur radio operator. That lead to becoming a disaster communications volunteer with the county sheriffs department, which lead to volunteering at DUI checkpoints and supporting the Search and Rescue team. Along the way I got certified in heavy rescue, confined spaces, mantracking, and several wilderness emergency medical certifications. It seems the more I learn, the more I realize how little I really know, and how much more I want to know and to pass on to those who are new to volunteering in emergency response. Somewhere along the line I got into CNA then LVN school, and retired from nursing a few months ago. Still have an active license, and will be working, preferrably volunteer but will settle for paid part time work so I can continue helping and supporting the communities that have given so much to me.
  4. by   compassionresearcher
    I am a mentor for Big Brothers and Big Sisters. I love it because not only do you get to help the child and their parent but it's fun and has nothing to do with work or the topic of health. I would also like to get involved in helping animals.
  5. by   Kooky Korky
    Volunteer at the Humane Society. Believe me, I am so blessed by holding scared or lonely or restless dogs and cats. It is a true joy to be able to give them food and water and clean bedding and just make their world a little less scary or lonely.

    Give money to beggars.

    Help in Sunday School, donate funds to church, pray.

    Wish I could do more.
  6. by   traumaRUs
    I am so humbled by the responses - you guys are amazing!
  7. by   Been there,done that
    I'm right there with Pca 85. 30 years of giving at the bedside was all humans are going to get from me. I have a favorite local animal rescue that I donate big $$$ to.
    Dogs rule, people drool.