Helping others

Helping others

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Oct 31, 2008 3:45 pm

As some countries are heading into colder temperatures, while others have spring and warmer temperatures on the way, it is time to consider if you are able to help out in your community.

Stores or charities do clothing and coat drives, to collect slightly used and good condition apparel for distribution to the needy. Food banks always can use food donations and funds to keep shelves supplied--it is best to find out in advance what the needs are, as banks may have different food items preferred by their diverse clients.

Have extra furniture you no longer use but it is too good to throw away? Look for a furniture bank or charity collecting furniture (you may need to book an appointment in advance) in your area. There may be a website for community services indicating which organizations need tables, chairs, shelving and beds.

Given that weather in some spots on the globe is creating hardship due to loss of shelter, you may wish to refer to the Registered Charities thread on the forum to see which organizations are appealing for shelter supplies to help individuals recover from their loss of homes.
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Re: Helping others

Postby fishandchips on Fri Oct 31, 2008 5:06 pm

Literacy councils and conversation centers always are looking for people willing to volunteer time to help others learn to read at a better level or improve their confidence in the English language.

Calling a neighbour who may appreciate a ride to the shops/doctor/social is another idea. Or offer to get a few things done around the home that may be difficult for that neighbour to do. I have read of places in North America where neighbours barter their skills or time to help each other with repairs, yard work or other handy tasks.

Listen to a person who is having a hard time and see if you can point out something good in their day that is working out. Share a smile--you don't know who will appreciate getting the acknowledgement for a change.

If someone you know is having a hard time with a job search, offer to help them get to resource centres with services that may not be in the area to give the person hope of trying out other options.
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Re: Helping others

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Nov 07, 2008 10:53 pm

Monthly or weekly payroll deductions to support a charity are forms of dedicated giving. You may wish to support a faith group providing services to the community at home or to missions abroad, a charity that provides funding for other community causes or to a charity that is a cause close to you due to your own or someone else's beliefs, i.e. pet charities, charities concerning medical conditions and supports for those affected by them.
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Re: Helping others

Postby fishandchips on Thu Nov 20, 2008 5:39 pm

If anyone is wanting to volunteer in their community, check your local Salvation Army for opportunites. The Kettle Drive needs volunteers, as the charity has fewer people signing on for duty in malls and other public areas (due to job worries).
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Re: Helping others

Postby smitty on Sat Dec 20, 2008 10:36 pm

I do not help charities (well if I have the money then sometimes I will help by financial help), but am the volunteer with our gun Club, along with being the h/gun director/instructor at no cost to the Club or to other members so often at the executive meetings. Always there early to make sure things are ready to doing work on the back-stop area along with Club work parties (also includes a warm home cooked meal for all of us workers & being a bachelor I will never turn that down) to not only showing members how to shoot along with all the safety, but to help them in their first or 7th purchasse of a h/gun to even advise on a reloading press for center-fire ammo & as soon as he receives it I am at his/her home to help set it up along with some dummy rounds for guidence (just the brass, & bullet tip, but no powder or primer) & make sure they get the hang of churning out a few lieve rounds PLUS at the range I am one that is willing to help them on what another powder might be like to suggested loads, to h/gun problems at the range.

That to me is my volunteer work two or three days of every week of the year no matter what after all shooting at targets to reloading is a hobby to sport.
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Re: Helping others

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Dec 20, 2008 10:43 pm

Being a continuing volunteer with an organization that you enjoy being part of certainly helps you, the organization and newcomers to the organization. You get out regularly, the organization relies on you to get certain activities done, and the newcomers can ask you how to handle guns. Lots of work and goodwill.

I assume you have a lot of control on how things get done--volunteering can be trying if one is not given some control over assigned duties after an initial orientation and some months or a year of helping out. That is why some organizations see new faces regularly in and out of their doors-lack of willingness to invest and to trust volunteers.
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Re: Helping others

Postby fishandchips on Mon Dec 22, 2008 1:31 pm

Consider making up coupons to trade with neighbours for shovelling snow, pet or childminding (only if you have recent training and can accommodate) block of time (say 2-4 hours), making cookies, or doing odd jobs for seniors or individuals who have mobility issues. Time to barter time and skills in the neighbourhood and do something nice.
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Re: Helping others

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Dec 22, 2008 2:05 pm

As a book reader and big admirer of public libraries, I post this article about a library without enough funds to keep its collection relevant to all users. Consider contacting small libraries in your communities about donating materials (and money!) and please do follow any stated policies about currency of the material (newer books are preferred and libraries get the final say in what gets on the shelves and what goes to the book sale pile).

Ocean Hill
Empty Shelves, Filled With Imagination
By JAMES ANGELOS
Published: December 19, 2008
WHEN Geri Ellner began her job this school year as the librarian — or in the current parlance, as a library media specialist — at the Brooklyn Collegiate, a public school for Grades 6 through 12 in Ocean Hill, Brooklyn, she did not have much of a book collection.

Many of the shelves in the small library, illuminated by harsh fluorescent lights, were bare, and many books were outdated or not particularly age-appropriate, like a children’s volume titled “Now We Are Six.”

So Ms. Ellner, who has been working in the school library system for 10 years, did what she could to improve the library with a limited book budget of $3,244 for the school year.

First, she spaced out the books so that the library shelves looked fuller. She created a “Memory Lane” section for the children’s books and a magazine section using donations from her doctor and dentist on Long Island, where she lives.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/21/nyregion/thecity/21libr.html?ref=thecity
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Re: Helping others

Postby smitty on Mon Dec 22, 2008 4:03 pm

You are correct CielOnTap that I do have authority over SAFETY which is so important when it comes to a firearm & especially a h/gun for it can be pointed in the wrong direction within a second or less. To so many other safety moves I have put into effect. Even to the language of when a group are about to step up to the line to shoot----the words are identical & often those new to the Club are given the commands of calling out the steps making them feel like they are more of the h/gun section.

When it comes to beginners I spend a lot of time talking to them about the Pros & Cons of shooting a h/gun, much of has to do with the tight controls put into effect by the Federal Govt, but then so many for the safety of fellow shooters. The interesting thing is so many all of this become common to them & anyone could take over my position, if I was ill (over the past 14 yrs I was down with a broken left hip, to broken right leg to broken right hip to a few times I have been just plain ill). The thing is I knew I could count on those that continually helped me. What I look upon as a flexibality of those that can take over when I could not, yet knowing it would be done exactly as I would have done it.

Unfortunately rifle, to Trap executive members do NOT have this as no one wants to volunteer their work.
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Re: Helping others

Postby fishandchips on Sat Jan 03, 2009 2:54 pm

Places of books constitute escape portals. Librarians guide young readers who are discovering books on their own and suggest books on assignments. Fun are the times when young minds find books unexpectedly that appeal to them from a stray glance at shelves below or above eye level.

Shelving books is an ideal activity for a page or shelver to do when learning a new cataloguing system (from Dewey decimal system 323.--- to Library of Congress system HF.5585--- (approximate range for some business books)).
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