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Old 10-17-2008, 10:12 PM   #1
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Question How Do You Volunteer in Your Community...

Each season, I volunteer my time as an Assistant Referee (AR) for AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) here in the Santa Clarita Valley. Each Saturday I'm generally signed-up to AR 3 to 4 U12 Girls and/or Boys soccer games. Its a great pleasure to be part of this volunteer organization and to know that what you do gives boys and girls the opportunity to develop their mental and physical skills in this game, and of course, to have lots of fun each Saturday.

So, how do you volunteer in your community?
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Old 10-17-2008, 10:31 PM   #2
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15 yrs as a Vol. Paramedic and FF, member of the local Masons and Shriners (shameless plug: www.shrinershq.org) and assorted other things.
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Old 10-17-2008, 10:38 PM   #3
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various health fairs through the pharmacy school

and an annual medical mission trip to Juarez Mexico (although this year we stayed in El Paso due to the ridiculous murder rate in Juarez)
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Old 10-17-2008, 10:40 PM   #4
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Nothing structured, really, but I do spend a healthy amount of time helping out at my wifes (third grade teacher) school for functions, plays, the student "opera" and fundraisers.
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Old 10-17-2008, 10:46 PM   #5
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And you don't frighten the childern? Huh
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Old 10-17-2008, 11:05 PM   #6
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I've coached childrens'/youth baseball, basketball and soccer, ironically probably doing my best job at soccer. I played a year in high school but was no good at it, so go figure. We'll probably go undefeated this year. Soccer kind of grows on you.

I'm also active in Rotary, am on my county GOP committee, and serve as vice chair of a state juvenile justice board and may serve on a similar DOJ board soon.

Looking this over, it is apparent that I need to spend more time at my paying job. Maybe I'd have a bit more dough...

Edit: I also seem to be serving as a chaperon a lot over the past few years for various school outings. My theory is that people assume that self-employed people have vast amounts of free time on their hands.

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Old 10-17-2008, 11:07 PM   #7
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President of my Lions Club, Executive Board Member of the largest Food Bank in my area, and Volunteer at a summer Lunch Camp where I read to the kids and play Legos with them afterwards

Volunteering is its own reward!
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Old 10-17-2008, 11:13 PM   #8
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I am an Explorer with Explorer Post 1218. It is a volunteer organization through the Frederick County Sheriff's Office. Throughout the year between meetings we constantly are volunteering our man power to help out different local organizations with pretty much anything they request. Usually we are assisting the Kiawanas org. when they do things such as fishing derbys for children, we wrap gifts at the mall during holiday season, we do traffic details for RedCross motorcycle rallies.... and a bunch of other fun law enforcement related stuff
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Volunteer in a summer camp for "at-risk" youth.

Various mentoring and counseling programs for the same group.

Play Santa Claus and deliver toys to children of economically challenged families.
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Work on the USCG cutter Bramble and do review work at the local county jail
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Old 10-17-2008, 11:23 PM   #11
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Volunteer with the Washington County Amateur Radio Emergency Association (ARES) and emergency radio operator for the Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) for two local towns. Volunteer Police Reserve Specialist (PRS) performing digital forensics for the local high-tech crime team and a technical consultant for the local FBI RCFL (Regional Computer Forensics Lab). Volunteer "bad guy" for a local police reserve academy (I'm a great drunk).
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Let's see.....

Umpire for the local Little league, I used to coach. Next week I'm running the kitchen for a local school carnival. I help out with some local groups that beautify the community. I do a lot of fundraiser events. For some reason, I'm always asked to do food for local events. Trying to get my kids more interested in volunteering.
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Salvation Army Coat Drive
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Volunteer "bad guy" for a local police reserve academy (I'm a great drunk).
Do they sell tickets to watch that?
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Old 10-17-2008, 11:49 PM   #15
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Do they sell tickets to watch that?
I'm sure you could come and watch. It's the Clackamas county reserve sheriff's program.
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I'm the uh - "Official Sign Remover" . . . seriously.



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Edit: I also seem to be serving as a chaperon a lot over the past few years for various school outings.
On a different note, my daughters reaching that age within the next few years or so where I'll be chaperoning too (along with the Rem P870) A different sort of volunteering
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Volunteer in a summer camp for "at-risk" youth.
That's very commendable Tom
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Old 10-18-2008, 12:58 AM   #19
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That's very commendable Tom
I get more out of it than the kids do, Mark, the looks on their faces when you take them on "field trips" makes the time worth it times 100.
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member of the local Masons and Shriners (shameless plug: www.shrinershq.org) and assorted other things.
Glad to see you here, Brother! I am a Mason and a Shriner as well. Plus I do tutoring and such at work (I am a HS teacher)
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