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Lately I've been feeling a pull to become more involved in my community. Today I requested some information from a local organization that assists young mothers.<br><br>
I would love to hear about the types of volunteer work you do and whether you're able to involve your children.
 

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When DS was small I answered phones and questions from walk ins at the local Democrat campaign headquarters, he sat with me for that. Once he was of walking age though I leave him home for the stuff I do. Mostly working with the homeless, and as much as I don't want him to take his privilege for granted, I also want to wait until he is a little older so he can learn but not be afraid.
 

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Yes, I volunteer for MCAP (Monterey County Aids Project) and John 23rd..<br><br>
I carry a trillion condoms in my trunk, literature and I get people to come to the van to get rapid tested for HIV.<br><br>
I can't involve DS, most of the work is done late, late at night.
 

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I volunteer at the YMCA child care (gym daycare) and I bring my ds with me. It has been a really fun experience for us and I feel I really make a difference in the experience of the children. Having one extra adult on staff goes a long way when it comes to holding babies, reading stories and attending to the various "watch me!"-type stuff.
 

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I volunteer for our local YWCA "The Other Bank" program which collects personal hygiene items (i.e. those items that cannot be purchased with food stamps) for those in need.
 

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I taught English as a 2nd language for awhile at catholic church. I taught an immigrant from Guatamala. It was soo much fun, but I didn't involve my children. While I waited for her several times, I noticed that many children were in the church soup kitchen serving the homeless and I vowed that I would do that with my children someday. I loved to watch the homeless people leave the soup kitchen because of the formal way they seemed to socialize with each other. It was so dignified the way they would leave, share a cig, shake hands, play piano for each other.<br><br>
But anyway, back to the teaching English. I looked for volunteer positions especially for ESL and found the church. Then, I sent an email to the coordinator who called me, interviewed me, and then sent me to training. Go for it and find a passion!<br>
Lisa
 

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I volunteer at my kids' school. We are asked to give 60 hours a year. It's a non profit. A lot of the things that are done by volunteers may not get done otherwise.<br><br>
The best part is I can have the kids along and there is a tremendous sense of community.
 

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Up until last year when my class load got crazy i taught free dance classes at my community center. DD was in the sling when a tiny babe and when she could walk she just danced right along with us <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> It was fun and these were girls who otherwise would have never gotten the chance to take dance classes.
 

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I volunteer for church housekeeping-type things. Hey, someone's gotta fix the coffee and wash the cups! Also at my husband's unit's Family Support Group-- it kind of keeps the army wives from feeling totally chronically displaced, provides a network of support so the women can meet each other and their husbands' coworkers, strike up friendships, talk-- which is so important IMO.<br><br>
But this summer, I think I'd like to do something more structured, more serious. My town's literacy council has been looking for people to help tutor people in the program.
 

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Yes but only at my son's school (we are required) and at church. I need to branch out more.
 

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i volunteer at my childrens school and at church every sunday. i also deliver meals on wheels which are meals delivered to elderly shut-ins. my 2 year old comes with me as does my 6 year old when he is not in school. the seniors love the kids and vice-versa. we also visit our local senior center a few times a month and just hang out.<br><br>
i would highly recommend the meals on wheels as a family gig. it takes me less than an hour to do my route and the seniors so love having a visitor.
 

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I became a Girl Scout leader when DD was in Kindergarten.<br><br>
I have volunteered at her school library since she was in Kindergarten too.<br><br>
At our UU, I teach RE occasionally, do the occasional service, chair the Program Committee, help with our Pagan ceremonies.<br><br>
Lifetime, it seems, ago, I volunteered with the local ambulance service.
 

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Yes, I chair a winter fundraiser. For a couple months, I'm crazy busy and get my year's worth of work stress & comraderie. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Otherwise, just at my son's school about 6 hours/week.
 

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I have been thinking about some things I could do with my 17 month old dd in tow. She is very social and loves people, so I thought meals on wheels might be kind of fun. They used to deliver meals to my grandmother, and I thought it was such a nice service. I wasn't sure if bringing kids along was okay, so I am glad to know it is.<br><br>
(ps - I like the quote in your siggy...it looks kinda familiar. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> )
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I volunteer for our local YWCA "The Other Bank" program which collects personal hygiene items (i.e. those items that cannot be purchased with food stamps) for those in need.</div>
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Do you know if these programs are nationwide? I think that's a great idea.<br><br>
I volunteer mostly with dog-rescue related stuff, though I do other stuff as it comes up. I'm always on the look out for more volunteer opps I can do remotely/online, since I tend to be housebound for long periods (depression). Right now, besides fostering, I am keeping up our rescue's Petfinder listings, and soon I am going to become the shelter coordinator for our rescue, about which I'm excited.<br><br>
Don't have kids, but I'd def. involve them if I did. I think it's really really important that kids learn early to give to their communities.
 

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I volunteer with LLL and at my son's school and at church and at the library. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> What I really want to do is work at the local soup kitchen, but it's just hard with the littles.
 
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