This topic came up in a previous post about volunteer work. I think it would be cool to here about all of the volunteer work people have done. PLEASE, I WANT YOU ALL TO BRAG ABOUT YOUR PHILANTHROPIC ENDEAVORS.
…I really don’t want this to turn into an idealistic debate about the value of selflessness or the reduced value of advertised charity. If you want to discuss any humanitarian ideology I’m all for it, but lets use a different post.
***This post is meant to quantify humanitarian experiences among HEthens and encourage people to get out and DO… lets leave TALK for another post. And, if you think I created this to toot my own horn, let me tell you, I haven’t done shit… I’m a humanitarian bum. I’m working to change that, but as of now, this post is humbly created to advocate people better than myself. Cheers all, I cant wait to read and be inspired by your efforts
Also, Jordan said that something like this will be on the new site… I thought we could get a head-start.
Since you mention the new site – I gave some $$ to Jordan a few months back. At that time, he said it was the first donation he had rec’d. Hopefully that’s not the case anymore, but anyway I encourage anybody who feels that HE has improved their lives to do the same! Even if it’s just $10 or $20 it will add up and help him with hosting/improvements/etc. If we only spend money when we’re forced to do so, the rich will keep getting richer.
Just click on the Support HE link, one is on the upper right and another is on the bottom of the page. Full disclosure: I have absolutely no connection to HE outside of being a member.
I used to do a lot of volunteering and I can honestly say those were the best times in my life. Working for a non-profit would really be a dream to me. I spent a summer helping at a different organization every day of the week doing everything from helping seniors to acting as a historical guide for the art gallery. The best week of my life was spent as a volunteer “facilitator” (read: camp counselor for anarchists) exploring environmental and social justice issues. It was really the closest thing to utopia I’ve experienced. Next to that, I’d say my favourite thing to do is to work with seniors. Although there is a stereotype of the elderly as being old and grumpy, in my experience on a whole they were very appreciative, lovely people if a bit lonely. I’ve been trying to get back into things but I seem to be hitting road blocks whether it be finding letters of reference, or even just finding an organization that interests me that’s actively looking for people.
Right now I’m trying to campaign around my community for plant a billion trees. They are working in conjunction with The Nature Conservancy to plant 1 billion trees in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil to restore 1 million acres by 2015 which they claim will remove 4 million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every year.
I am also involved in AFCECO (Afghan Child Education and Care Organization) I currently sponsor a 10 year old girl living in one of the orphanages there. Getting the letters and pictures from her has been one of the greatest feelings I’ve had in such a long time, they really encourage a more personal relationship between sponsor and sponsee, unlike some of the other sponsorship organizations. i can’t wait to grow along with her and hopefully we can both learn a lot from each other. It is an amazing organization, read up, watch some of the videos they have on youtube (Brian Williams did one for NBC Nightly News’ Making a Difference segments and it was one of their most popular to date) I just challenge you to watch the videos and tell me it doesn’t lift your spirits. I truly believe in, not just that cause, but their way of doing business. They see that the way forward for their country isn’t through violence or foreign occupation, it can only be achieved by making a substantial investment in the children. To create a generation of Aghan youth that has a more positive world view, filled with love and respect for all people. Truly a great cause.
Going off of what Heather said, I used to volunteer in an assisted living home, a wonderful experience. She has inspired me to get back into it, thank you!
Donated money to genuine good causes. Like authentic reforestation and science, not stuff like organized “medical science” (it’s evil) or “charity” (they just take the money for themselves.)
And my everyday life is humanitarian work, I’m always helping people improve their lives and minds, opening their eyes to reality and love and freedom. This is my passion, I don’t just do it to be a good person, I do it because I genuinely LIKE it more than anything else.
Working with elderly people with dementia gave me oh so much, and hopefully i gave them even more. The memories that i have of my ladies and gents are something that makes me happy eatch time i think and talk about them. One lovely old lady didn’t want to get out of bed unless you matched her clothes (70’s style) perfectly with her jewlery ^-^
Worked for an organisation called Educat, putting together and being a part of the architecture team designing a proposal for their new facility. It was a part of the portfolio while searching for investors, sponsors and funds. I find the organisation interesting in itself seeing that they work with both the inofficial sector, such as street salesmen, and the official sector putting together a 3 year education about entrepreneurship and leadership.
Spent a month in 2009 working for a art bienal in copenhagen, meeting artist from all around the globe and seeing how effective the different arts are when it comes to bringing together people from all parts of the world and and society.
Specailly remember this dance show with dancers from south africa that started in one part of the city, taking the spectaters by foot to the center. It always started off with a small audience and ended up with a corwd so big that people from outside sked my what we were demonstrating against. When they heard it was a dance show, they normaly joned in. Seeing a little old lady walking arm in arm with a huge punk is not something you see everyday, but when you do, then you feel happy.
Other then that i don’t do much, i say Hi to people i see on the streets, specialy if they look like they need to get noticed, i look people in the eyes and smile hoping that they will spread the smile to the people they meet, and i pic up things on the streets and throw it in the neerest bin, and if i see a snail in the middle of the raod i move it to whatever side it seems to be go towards, makes me feel like a three year old little girl while i do it, but i feel so much better knowing that the risk of it getting crushed has become so much smaller.
I find that the small things mather, and when there are anough people doing may small things, all in all it ends up as something big and good. I only hope that the small things spread and creat true change
over the years, i’ve worked with different groups or organizations. but no matter how you turn it, to me it always seems to be much more efficient to not have governments and consumers mess things up in the first place and only then have someone cleaning up the mess (or even lobbying towards someone being allowed to clean up the mess). so what i’m saying is, a lot of bright people go into organizations or charities. it seems to me everytime that the world would be better off if they went to the places that are less cushy, namely the parties. i’ve tried it, but man did i fail.. i just couldn’t stand being in a room with them for 2 hours every week, it was too bad. but i know i should go back and hang in there… my 2c
so, I have officially popped my humanitarian cherry :)
You guys have all done so much more than me…. it puts me to shame.
So here is my insignificant story: I went to an overflow shelter in Phoenix. The shelter provides a service that looks after the children of the people in the shelter; this gives them a break from their kids for a few hours. So, I pretty much got to play with a bunch of awesome kids for 3 hours. It’s funny how attached I got to some of them. A few of the kids asked me to come back next time to play again… haha, its funny how quick you can get attached to the little buggers. Certainly this didn’t save the world, but it felt good and the people seemed genuinely appreciative.
Keep the stories coming. Love you all.
@dustin that is an awesome idea for volunteer work!
im amazed at the amazing humanitarian experiences everyone has been through!
@Moa, i loved what you said “I find that the small things matter, and when there are anough people doing may small things, all in all it ends up as something big and good. I only hope that the small things spread and creat true change”
i bought a homeless man a little bag of groceries the other day; left a few “your beautiful” post-its on a few women’s room’s mirrors; hid a note of a little inspirational quote in a book in the library
I also helped arrange a mile barefoot walk around our college campus to raise awareness of shoes. It was through TOMS shoes, and 90’s pop star sensation Hanson was there to walk with us.
@everyone here is so wonderful!
I haven’t done any volunteering before.. but I’ve been thinking more about it lately and reading this has definitely inspired me to look into volunteering to work with elderly folks. I love to hear people’s life stories and I’m sure people who have lived 3 to 4 times longer than I have have some amazing ones to tell. If I could help just one person feel less lonely, that would be amazing.
I volunteer at the local homeless shelter every friday and I have been doing so since I was a high school freshman
I also work with my school and community to raise money for Haiti.
The club I am president of at my school just finished building a library for a school in a small fishing village in India.
My club also does a lot of miscellaneous projects – like we work with an organization called Stop Hunger Now that provides meals all across the world. you can raise money and host a meal packaging event and it is so much fun, I highly recommend looking into it. We also fund raise to sponsor children (school and food) in Haiti and Africa.
that’s it for now, but I hope to do much more in the future.
I predict that service will become a very important part of my life when I’m older (well, and now).