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Getting to know you questions – What does Volunteering mean to you?

In April, we are blogging about Volunteering. Get to know your bloggers better and read their thoughts on this topic. They were given these eight questions to choose from:
  1. What does the word ‘volunteer’ mean to you?
  2. Are you an active volunteer? Can you share your top three motivators that get you to volunteer your time?
  3. Do you think volunteers take away from paid work?
  4. Where do you volunteer?  Why?
  5. Can you share one moment or comment that, as a volunteer, touched your heart or lightened your mood, and made your day.
  6. Have you had a life changing experience while volunteering?  Please share.
  7. Do you think mandatory volunteer hours for high school students to graduate has an impact on the students?
  8. In a year, how many hours would you say are spent volunteering?  Would you like to see that increase or decrease?

 

CrystalCrystal Carswell

Where do you volunteer?  Why?

Yes, I volunteer with the YW in a several capacities. Why? That’s easy. Because I respect their mission, the women who work there tirelessly, and the people they try so hard to support. I’ve seen how respectfully they use their resources, and respect what they’ve accomplished with so little.

Have you had a life changing experience while volunteering?  Please share.

 What I didn’t expect from volunteering was how much it would affect the rest of my life. I’ve learned skills that I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to use, and made connections that are outside of circles I would otherwise travel in. Most importantly though, I didn’t realize how much passion I could put into something that didn’t come with a pay cheque.

Do you think mandatory volunteer hours for high school students to graduate has an impact on the students?

Unfortunately, having spoken to students on just this topic, I have to say no. All too many of them falsified their hours. The current system seems to set them up for failure unless they are naturally inclined to volunteering. Without any guidance or check-ins in place throughout their high school years, the students in need of the shift in perspective that volunteering offers are slipping through the cracks.

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What does the word volunteer mean to you?

To me, volunteers mean people who take time out of their life and give– for no other reason than the satisfaction of helping those less fortunate.

Do you think volunteers take away from paid work?

I do not believe volunteering takes away from paid work, as these people do jobs that would be very difficult to pay someone for. For example– how do you pay someone who helps in a soup kitchen, to cook or serve food for those in need, as you would be taking away the very money needed to fund this? It just doesn’t make sense.

Do you think mandatory volunteer hours for high school students to graduate has an impact on the students?

I think mandatory volunteering for graduates is an amazing way for them to see the real world, whether it be a soup kitchen, a hostel, the Humane Society. All of these places could be totally out of the norm for students, and would give them a far better grasp of real life that many of us are ever exposed to.

 

 

About Crystal Carswell

Crystal refers to herself as the orange crayon...bright, but quirky. She's been a chef, a blackjack dealer, and a cauliflower picker in Australia. Most recently though, she's discovered her passion for non-profits and writing.

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