Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Talk on volunteerism

I've been working on a talk about volunteerism and the Society that I'll be giving on Thursday and also next week. Instead of painting a very rah-rah picture of volunteering, I think I'm going to be very straight about it because at the end of the day, volunteerism isn't about making you feel good. If that's your sole aim of volunteering, then picking up a hobby probably will be a better idea. However, it doesn't mean that volunteering does not give you anything back, but the idea is that volunteering is not about YOU. It's about helping someone or in the case of caregivers, some cats :)

The satisfaction is in knowing that you made a difference and that you tried your best to leave the world a slightly better place.

8 Comments:

Blogger soulburnz said...

I think many of the people out there are still not sure what's volunteerism about.

Thanks to the education instituitions, they have made some of the CCAs to be volunteerism-related. Yes, there are some who from then-on acquired the interest and passion and therefore carry on; but some, I think just join purely for the sake of getting some CCA points or whatever.

I think volunteerism is actually a simple intention but not-an-easy task to be actually done. Till now, there are people thinking that volunteerism may be just doing simple tasks but wait! There are fields of volunteerism like involving cats, that needs at least the liking of cats and further on to understand cats more and such.

I always see that volunteers, especially those who had been doing it for many years, as a professional of its own kind.

Kudos to those who was volunteers, are presently volunteers and who intends to be.

=)

12/7/06 2:30 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Well said Soulburnz!

12/7/06 9:48 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Hello... I am an expatriate in Singapore (housewife, my husband is working here) and am very encouraged by the work the CWS and the SPCA are doing here for the cats. Being non-Singaporean I am both unfamiliar with and hesitant about getting involved with how things work here, but every day I see the cats in my neighborhood and wish there was something I could contribute (they don't participate in the political system either, which is why they need us to speak for them). I understand I can donate via the automatic machines, but that seems so impersonal. I tried to make a small donation to the CWS through a member who kindly watched my cats (we have 2 from the SPCA and one lost rescued kitten), but I guess that wasn't correct. It seems unfair to the cats if there are people like me who want very much to support their well-being but are out of the loop here (and I admit, I am very shy). If I become a member, will I then be able to discover what, if anything, others are doing for the cats in my neighborhood and if I can help? Thank you for allowing me to speak...

13/7/06 8:25 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Hello Laurie, thanks for wanting to help. You don't need to be a member to want to help and we'd certainly be happy to talk you through setting up a programme to help the cats in your area, or we plan to hold a workshop for people who want to do the same in the next few months. We'd be happy if you came. If you have any questions on how to set up, please do email me and I'll be happy to answer any questions you might have,

13/7/06 11:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Volunteering is a great dicision to make. Those who have volunteered have really made a difference in many lives and they are happy tohave the opportunities to touch someone. It is very encouraging to help someone you have seen and this really encourages volunteers.

I work with an organisation in Kenya and many children have changed and smiled through volunteers' support. I encourage many people young and old to volunteer in developing countries and especially in rural areas where large organisation dont reach. Tumaini Miles of Smiles Centre has worked with volunteers who have really changed lives in rual areas.

Thank you for reading this and also making a decision to volunteer.
Thank
Rose

5/6/08 8:01 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Thanks for writing in Rose and thanks for the work that you do!

6/6/08 3:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WE ARE HUMAN (NGO)
Living in the heart of some of the most remote areas in India, these community projects give volunteers a unique opportunity to become immersed in a rural village community, experiencing new culture, food and ways of working. As a volunteer you will be helping to improve quality of life and basic facilities such as clean water and education.
Here are some examples of volunteer projects you may be working on. Please be aware that these may change and are just a guide to the types of community projects .
WE ARE HUMAN community project
Volunteers working on this community project will be camping in the local village and working together to construct primary school. This will serve the children of BATOTE village families, alongside a wider education development plan which includes the training and education of teachers and educational materials for the school and scholarships for the students. In addition a number of additional infrastructure facilities will be constructed for the tribal village people.
The indigenous community of BATOTE live in substandard conditions resulting in poor health. By constructing a school building, volunteers working on this project will be helping to improve education among the community.
WE ARE HUMAN other community projects

These community projects are part of a 1month project , to develop a movie on the real life of different district of the state of j&k, the money earned by distribution of money will be for poor children through this ngo.

THER ARE SOME MORE COMMUNITY PROJECTS , PLZ GET BACK TO US :
WE ARE HUMAN
Suhail7776@yahoo.co.in
+919419213199

14/12/09 2:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WE ARE HUMAN (NGO)
Living in the heart of some of the most remote areas in India, these community projects give volunteers a unique opportunity to become immersed in a rural village community, experiencing new culture, food and ways of working. As a volunteer you will be helping to improve quality of life and basic facilities such as clean water and education.
Here are some examples of volunteer projects you may be working on. Please be aware that these may change and are just a guide to the types of community projects .
WE ARE HUMAN community project
Volunteers working on this community project will be camping in the local village and working together to construct primary school. This will serve the children of BATOTE village families, alongside a wider education development plan which includes the training and education of teachers and educational materials for the school and scholarships for the students. In addition a number of additional infrastructure facilities will be constructed for the tribal village people.
The indigenous community of BATOTE live in substandard conditions resulting in poor health. By constructing a school building, volunteers working on this project will be helping to improve education among the community.
WE ARE HUMAN other community projects

These community projects are part of a 1month project , to develop a movie on the real life of different district of the state of j&k, the money earned by distribution of money will be for poor children through this ngo.

THER ARE SOME MORE COMMUNITY PROJECTS , PLZ GET BACK TO US :
WE ARE HUMAN
Suhail7776@yahoo.co.in
+919419213199

14/12/09 2:10 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home