Who of us volunteers, what do you do?

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Re: Who of us volunteers, what do you do?

Post by Norwegian » Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:31 pm

taipan821 wrote:
Norwegian wrote: I'm sometimes nicknamed "destruction leader" for my clumsiness, and the table I broke... and the couch... and the door... :P At least being the janitor means I'm the one that has to fix it so nobody really complains :P
you get a few of those "destruction specialists" in every unit...our resident specialist likes destroying $250 kevlar helmets :shock:
Damn... Fortunately all the damage i have done so far tallies up to about 20$ in screws and glue to repair, I doubt they'd keep me otherwise!

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Re: Who of us volunteers, what do you do?

Post by tedbeau » Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:01 am

I was a board member, then Vice President, then President of the high school Athletic Booster Club. We ran the concessions stands at games, and held a weekly bingo fund raiser. I did that for about eight years total, (four after my daughters had graduated).
Now I am the IDPA match director for my gun club. Technically I do get a free yearly membership for that position, but since I drive about 60 miles a month to run matches and weekly practice sessions the $80 membership doesn't near cover my expenses.
Our club host a regional (multi state) match every May which is one of the largest matches in the state with over 200 shooters. I take a week of vacation prior to the match to do range setup. In addition to the regional, we host a weekly Wednesday night practice and a monthly local match most months.

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Re: Who of us volunteers, what do you do?

Post by NT2C » Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:07 am

Up until three years ago when I suffered some serious nerve damage that left me disabled, I was a very active member of the local ham radio community and the county EmComm team (part of fire & rescue). When the 5.8 earthquake hit the national capital region in 2011 I was less than a mile from the epicenter in Mineral, VA (under a friend's sink hooking up his fridge icemaker) and he and I (he is also a ham) had an emergency net up and on the air, complete with a retired geologist (another ham) within 90 seconds, passing vital information to the state emergency management center in Richmond. I manned Red Cross shelters during several hurricanes, and even took part in several emergency drills for the local nuclear facilities. Fun, fun, fun!

The local ham radio club I was active in also provided comms for anywhere from one to two dozen events per year, everything from the USMC Historic Half Marathon to one of the biggest East Coast Olympic class triathlons (Colonial Beach Invitational), bicycle races, even things like the Shenandoah 500 Dual Sport ride. My usual job was either following the last runner/rider with my truck (it had full highway warning lights and radio position tracking (APRS)) so streets could be reopened after we were clear of them, or setting up and manning the radio command post (net control) for the event. It was fun work, I have awards all over my walls from doing it (including a nice certificate from the governor of West Virginia), and it allowed me to help support my community in both good times and bad. I wish I could still do this here but it's more than my body is capable these days and, anyway, we're moving to Idaho soon. :(

Back when I lived in Brooklyn, NY (prior to 2000) I spent 14 years as an EMT and driving ambulances, both for pay and as a volunteer with the Williamsburg Volunteer Ambulance Corps. With WVAC I was, at various times and often overlapping) the Public Relations Officer, Dispatcher Training Officer, and Driver Training Officer. Additionally, one of my partners for my pay job was an NYPD Auxillary Police Officer and he and I toured most of the NYPD station houses in Brooklyn on our own time, teaching CPR beginner and refresher classes for officers and their families.
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Re: Who of us volunteers, what do you do?

Post by Stercutus » Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:34 pm

When the kids were kids I was a Cub Scout Leader. When we lived in East Texas I volunteered for the Red Cross. I also volunteer my time to work security for the town's Christmas Parade every year (not the city I work in, they pay me to do that) and other events.

Lately I have been doing pro bono security work for my church and other religious organizations in the area. Last year for example I ran security for a two day event called Convoy of Hope that drew about 10% of the population of the county in to give away shoes, grocery, haircuts and all kinds of stuff. I actually much preferred seeing some of my "regular customers" in that capacity rather than the normal way.
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Re: Who of us volunteers, what do you do?

Post by raptor » Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:53 pm

I still do a lot of pro bono work through my church and my wife's synagogue.

I also serve on a pro bono basis on a public advisory board for a local .gov animal shelter. FYI the .gov work is always harder than it should be because the mentality of those being advised is always CYA directed and rarely "lets fix the problem so we do not have to CYA ourselves".
There are a lot of facepalms with it.

The church and synagogue folks on the other hand long ago got the memo that positive results reduces significantly the need for CYA.

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Re: Who of us volunteers, what do you do?

Post by dallas » Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:59 am

I am a volunteer doctor at a charity clinic in Houston.

I organize and lead medical missions to the remote regions of the world. Nothing like holding clinics in a room that is way over 100 F with no electricity or running water, or toilets in the town.

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Re: Who of us volunteers, what do you do?

Post by ssgcmw » Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:30 pm

I'm a volunteer with the local wilderness search and rescue team. In addition to being out in the woods, I am currently the team's quartermaster which means I am the keeper of the clothing/patches/etc. and maintainer of records.

Every summer I volunteer as a transportation coordinator at an annual music festival.

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Re: Who of us volunteers, what do you do?

Post by lailr » Thu Nov 21, 2019 4:07 pm

Big Brothers, Big Sisters......

Luckily, we're in the South, so when we go hunting and stuff, BB/BS uses their culpable deniability :awesome:

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