Super volunteer is sad & depressed

I live in my own little world

Sad & depressed I am.

Super volunteer Russel Ray just isn’t wanted anywhere. Seems I give a good name to bad volunteers, so I’m not wanted.

Apparently when I started volunteering at Friends of Cats, they thought, “Yeah, another volunteer. Whatever.” Then they discovered that I’m not like other volunteers. I actually like to do things, especially if no one else likes to do them.

Unfortunately, non-profits have paid staff, people who are paid to do things, so when a super volunteer comes along, paid staff get anxious about, perhaps, losing their jobs.

I’ve done the city animal shelter, Second Chance Dog Rescue, San Diego Cactus & Succulent Society, and now Friends of Cats. If they have paid staff, they just don’t want regular, consistent, good volunteers.

I was doing whatever the various staff asked me to do. First and foremost was laundry, which I kind of enjoyed doing. While washers and dryers were running, I would socialize with the cats. Sometimes I would get asked to help feed, empty trash, pick up and clean empty food dishes, scoop poop, whatever. Always willing to help wherever I could. Someone apparently took issue with my help. I think it’s the only three people who had never asked me to help them with something.

So…. On to my next volunteer adventure.

I have been accepted at San Diego Oasis. I will be helping K-6 students who have been identified as lagging behind their peers in reading. Reading Tutor training is October 16 & 17, and I think actually tutoring the students begins in late October or early November.

I also will be implementing a chess club at one of the Oasis locations, possibly both of them. And I have been approved for teaching a class on “Taking & Making Great Pictures.” Chess and photography won’t start until February 2019, though.

Meanwhile, here’s my last two picture from Friends of Cats:

Black cats

Black cats

Remember that if you have a black cat that spends time outdoors, bring the little one in for Halloween night and the several nights leading up to Halloween. There are cruel, mean, nasty people in the world who like to abuse black cats at this time of year.

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33 thoughts on “Super volunteer is sad & depressed

  1. Rhino House

    They say “it is better to give than to receive,” which may or may not be true – experience suggests it is certainly much harder. No good deed goes unpunished; my sympathies for your outrageous, if not unusual, treatment and my best wishes for your next endeavour. Bonnes chances!

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  2. Pit

    Sorry to hear that, Russel. I would never have imagined that a volunteer could not be welcome. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that you’ll find satisfaction in your other work.
    Have a good weekend,
    Pit

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  3. Rainee

    My experience in doing volunteer work has often ended on a downer. I empathise with you and what you wrote. Keep on going until you find your niche where they can’t manage without you! Take care!

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I also wanted to be a Big Brother but when they ask me if I’m married, and I say yes, and they ask my wife’s name, they aren’t happy to learn that my “wife” is James. The Big Sisters/Big Brothers program subscribes to the stereotype that gay people are pedophiles……..

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            1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

              San Diego Oasis is a place for people, particularly those who are retired, to find places to maintain an active life. I want to be a volunteer and teacher. Volunteering will be reading to/with kindergarten to sixth grade students who have been identified as having trouble with reading.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I always wanted to be a teacher but after doing research in high school on the teaching profession, I discovered that being a teacher would not get me out of the low-income household that I was in. I wanted more, but I couldn’t see myself going to another 8 years of school to get a doctorate and then teaching. College salaries weren’t that much better at that time. Maybe in my retirement years I can be a teacher and not have to worry about income since there won’t be any income!

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      1. acflory

        Yeah, it seems that any job that is truly a vocation must be treated as totally menial. Once you start teaching you may find that there are a plethora of avenues to explore – kids, teens, adults and the elderly [computers and photography?]
        I warn you though, it’s exhausting! 🙂

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      That’s been on my mind, too. I just haven’t found the right organization to start that won’t immediately eat up all my retirement savings. And with Twitler & the Regressives in charge and doing everything they can to take away my health insurance, this is not the time to start something new that isn’t an income producer.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Yep. I’m discovering that if I’m not getting paid well to do something, then I need to reign in my volunteer efforts. Thus, instead of volunteering for just one organization, I’m spreading myself around. Yesterday I went to the new member orientation for the San Diego Horticultural Society and came home as an at-large member of the Board of Directors for 2019. So I now have the Horticultural Society, the Palomar Cactus & Succulent Society, Oasis (an organization to keep those age 50+ involved), and my own gardening and photography enterprises.

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