I love to volunteer, thing is It never works out/goes badly.
1. Between '03-'05 I volunteered with the Red Cross in another state. Over those years I volunteered at three different locations (all on a military base)
-First was called "Youth Services" and basically I (13 and super shy) was put in charge of making sure all the kids (ages 5-18) checked in/out and answered the phones. I HATE answering phones (anxiety issues) and what made it worse was the fact that all the adults decided the time I was there was the perfect time to go to lunch/pick up their kids/etc. So I had to deal with parents calling asking about fees, if there kid was there (this place was huge), etc. The only thing that was explained to me was how to use the in/out computer system and where the bathroom is. Yeah, I only stayed there about a month.
-Second was the on base library. I love to read and practically live in libraries/book stores so I thought I'd love it, wrong. They didn't have enough for us to do and ended up yelling at everyone when one kid just shoved books wherever he saw space.
-Third was the only one I remotely enjoyed. It was working at an animal shelter/vet's office and I even became friends with a girl I went to riding lessons with later on.
2. Attempt number two was with a lady who did hippo therapy (horse therapy for kids/people with disabilities). I love horses, how bad could this be? Let's count the ways:
-Used obviously lame horses for the lessons.
-Horses had no shade/shelter. They stood and roasted under the TX sun in small pens.
-The "round pen" had no fence, just a high tension rope a horse could walk over.
-Told me she'd pay me for some extra work I did, never saw a dime.
-Final straw was when she started treating me like I had the mental capacity of a three year old. All the other people who helped this woman had mild to sever issues (mostly autism) and so she just lumped me in with them. It got to the point that when my dad picked me up she spoke over my head to him (he was as shocked as me) and she told me to "use my words" when I became speechless.
The only part of that whole fiasco I enjoyed was when we took the horses to a biker rally (don't ask
and I made a few friends
3. The last time was during the Swine Flu outbreak and my school was closed for a week. I decided I would go and volunteer at at nearby animal shelter, since my last experience was good. How wrong I was.
-They poured bleach in cages with dogs still in them.
-Crammed all the kittens in tiny cages (looked like something out of a third world country)
-Verbally abusive towards one another (the place was run by a family and they would fight continuously)
-Washed all the water/food dishes in the same sink as the litter boxes and only used Dawn dish soap.
-Since most of their "labor" came from teens doing community service, they couldn't understand why anyone would want to do work without being payed for it.
No, they never offered to hire me or anyone else.
So, any good stories?