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How do you give back to society by volunteering? My daughter says my husband and I should found Volunteers Anonymous. We volunteer in our home town as well as in country and outback Australia. It's keeping us fit and young.

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I volunteer for a local animal rescue group called Global Animal Lovers. I foster dogs and cats until they get adopted. I also do some fundraising and pet photography for the organization. It's a great way to meet new people, help needy animals, and get lots of puppy and kitten snuggle time. I'm currently fostering the little dude in the photo along with 5 other adorable kittens :)
He's gorgeous! Looks like he's just had a bath!
by donjo
I volunteer by going into jails,and helping the Chaplain run a service for the men.
Have done it now 13 years, it is very rewarding.
I also go with a few other women into brothels, and see if there is anything we can do to help the ladies who work there...if they have ever wanted to leave or see they can get a better job.That is done through a very well known organization and also so is the jail visits.
I help out at my local community centre taking photographs for their events, and then doing write ups for their website.
I don't do much volunteering at the moment because I am a stay at home mum with two young children. In the past I have volunteered in a charity shop and at various arts festivals and I'd love to do so again in future. Once my kids are a bit older I hope to get them involved in some volunteering too.
love the idea of getting little ones involved, that is really fantastic prep for a child, for later in life to see how good it feels to help others.Love it
by jonaja
I believe in community 'giving' where I can.

Am a member of a reference group for local rail.

Give newspapers to local pet 'city' to shred as 'bedding' for their little animals'.

Give newspapers, clean plastic shopping bags & tissue paper to Lifeline & V de P shops. Plus any other goods' I no longer want, in good repair, that they can sell.

In the past, have given time to elderly folk by driving them to Polling Booths' on various Election days.

As needs arise, where I can help, I do. It gives me a real thrill to be able to help, in even a small way!
Clean Up Australia Day. Otherwise I participate in a multitude of fun run events for charity.
I have volunteered in the local legal centres. A truly satisfying experience as you gain useful knowledge and understanding of the law.
Firstly, Shawna your foster baby is gorgeous. A great pic as well. Well done!
I began to learn to volunteer when I was very young as a Brownie and then a Girl Guide. This taught me lots of lessons to be selfless and give. I have donated my time in doing various things mostly to do with children. I have recently finished a nearly 4 year term of being a volunteer assist. art tutor which i loved doing. I belong to a group called VIEW, affiliated with The Smith Family we raise money to help disadvantaged children and women but especially helping the children thru school. I have help raise money for the Starlight foundation, Pink Ribbon Day, Anti Cancer, My cat I adopted from the RSPCA and have been thinking I should perhaps consider being a foster parent to a cat or dog. I am about to wrap gifts for MS and loved doing it so much last year that Im returning this year on several shifts. I grow veggies and give them to the local comm. centre to sell or cook for those with limited income. When needed I mentor people on a one on one and all go off happily to tell others to seek me out.
Over the years it has kept me busy and still does.

Nothing is as awesome as giving freely from the heart with no strings attached other than a smile and thanks.:-)
I do more volunteering than paid work at the moment.
In two religious libraries, just a few hours a fortnight at each, a weekly school breakfast service run through my church, playing the music every Sunday for the early service and a guide at Melbourne's Anglican cathedral.
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