Has anyone else had issues trying to volunteer?

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by Brodi, Nov 30, 2015.

  1. Brodi

    Brodi New Member

    I love helping people, but it seems I never can find a "good fit".

    *I have physical limitations (lifting, repetitive movements, standing for long periods of time) and most of the opportunities around me involve strenuous activity.
    * I also have some executive functioning issues (need direction repeated, etc) and after awhile I don't feel welcome OR I get treated like a child.
    *Also, the biggie, I can't drive.

    I'm an introvert that likes do to "behind the scenes" things and I don't like being the center of attention/having to interact with large groups of people (concessions, crowd control, etc.). Plus, with the Dyscalculia, I don't feel comfortable handling money. I also, since I'm unemployed right now, don't have very much money.

    I love animals and have tried several animal shelters/sanctuaries, but have had no luck. Most humane societies are over staffed or, like the one closest to me, poorly run and have a major issue with several older volunteers forming a clique and ignoring/shunning new people. For a time I volunteered at a hippo therapy center run by a disabled woman until the woman decided that since my dad drove me there that HE was the one she had to talk to. I was 18 and she would tell my dad things like "She had SUCH a good day today!". And when both me and my dad would stare at her speechless, she'd tell me to "use my words".:mad:

  2. Copabanana

    Copabanana Well-Known Member

    Brodi, have you tried to find a voluntary placement through the Department of Rehabilitation?

    Our local office offered my son a volunteer placement at the local zoo.

    If you go through them they make arrangements with the work site so you do not have to negotiate it yourself.

    Good Luck

  3. pasajes4

    pasajes4 Well-Known Member

    Perhaps you could do mailings for an animal rescue organization from your home.