Sophia Posted October 1, 2009 Share Posted October 1, 2009 I relocated at the end of July for a year and am taking a few classes at the U here. Since the end of July, well, actually, since even before I moved, I've been trying to find a place where I could volunteer a few hours a week. I've contacted a number of agencies--basically all the agencies which serve the homeless except for the one that said on their website that basically if one wasn't a "holy roller," one need not apply. Most never got back to me...how hard is it to shoot back an e-mail? One finally contacted me after a month, basically they just want clerical help, and their office is about eight miles away in a part of town with crappy bus service--I can't see well and don't drive. In early August, I met with a woman who works with a lot of ESL students at the local community college; she sounded all excited, but I never heard back from her. Granted, she may have lost my e-addy, but her office is only about forty steps from that of the administrator there who's a friend of mine and had asked her if she needed any help...if she did want my help, she could ask her for my addy again. I don't really want to contact her again because if she doesn't want my help but feels pressured because of my friend...well...I don't want to be in that situation. At the U's tutoring center, they only want people they can employ through "work study." It's not that I lack skills. While I haven't been looking for work, I've been offered three jobs in town, but with the pay scale here, working part time would net me about the same money that I'd make selling plasma, and I am getting a good pay check from my job (I'm on sabbatical) and don't want to take a job away from someone who really needs one. I've looked on Craigslist most days. Most of the postings under volunteers are for people to take part in medical experiments, no thanks. Others are one time things; some are just plain dangerous (no, I don't think I really want to serve as a victim's volunteer bodyguard in a town where the "macho" culture is alive and well--one of the paramedics in town told me that it gave him a lot of job security). That no one will even return a call or an e-mail makes me feel like I should go to the post office and see if I'm on the "10 Most Wanted" list. Hell, one of the meal sites for homeless actually indicated that they wanted people who were sentenced to do community service...maybe it would be better if I was "wanted" in more ways than one. Anyway, I'll shut up. I'm just frustrated. Why should it be so hard to give my time away? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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