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Volunteering, Connection and Disappointment

Part Two of Three

In November 2018 I started volunteering, I’d been thinking about doing it for several months but couldn’t decide where, there are so many excellent causes. Finally I decided to join a very reputable organization that puts volunteers in elementary schools to tutor children who are behind in their reading. I love to read and firmly believe that if you can’t read, or can’t read properly, it will delay every aspect of your life.

I told myself it was my way to ‘give back’, that my motives were purely altruistic, that it was all about helping the children…..turns out I was lying… to myself.

Over the last few months I’ve become disenchanted with the activity. Not the actual helping the kids, that is awesome, but being at the school. More times than not I am in and out of the building without exchanging more than “good morning” with the office staff, the teacher or any other adult.

I’m counting the days until it’s over because it turns out I wasn’t really looking for a way to ‘give back’, my motivation wasn’t purely altruistic. What I wanted was a community, to be part of a team, sharing and collaborating.

I was looking for what I lost in November 2017.  (click here for the backstory)

Strategic volunteering can be a great way to rebuild your community, to create a new sense of belonging and accomplishment when you are unemployed. I’m not discouraged, I’ll keep looking and just do better research on the culture of the next organization I choose.

Check back next week for Part Three….

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6 comments on “Volunteering, Connection and Disappointment

  1. Paula Light says:

    I hear ya. I briefly considered volunteering at our new animal shelter, but when I saw that ppl were already arguing and being jerks on Nextdoor about it, I decided nah.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. mydaisydaze says:

      And once you start how do you quit without seeming like an uncaring possibly lazy human who doesn’t follow through with your commitment….it’s stressful!

      Liked by 2 people

  2. floatinggold says:

    What a great cause.
    Aren’t the kids… keeping you company?

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    1. mydaisydaze says:

      They are fine, and doing amazing. The energy in the environment isn’t what I was looking for. I’ve actually been able to “graduate” them from the program and have started volunteering for a different organization…

      Liked by 1 person

      1. floatinggold says:

        Nice. I hope that this one’s better for you.

        Liked by 1 person

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