Frequently Asked Questions About Volunteering

I had a lot of questions about volunteering before I made the leap, and consequently a lot of false assumptions. I have learned through my humble sampling of experiences now that the following questions do actually have reassuring answers. Here they are in no particular order and with varying degrees of accuracy.

1. Isn’t it boring?

You would think so, right? Each time I volunteer for a new activity, I worry this will be the case. So far, it has yet to ring true. From phone banking to canvassing, every experience has included moments of laughter, moments of adrenaline, and admittedly a few moments of poorly concealed rage. What I haven’t experienced is boredom.

It was during my first phone banking attempt that I called the number of the most inspiring and hilarious elderly woman I’ve ever encountered. All I could do was try to muffle my hysterical laughter as she ambled through a monologue detailing her vitriol for Jamie Herrera Beutler and the depths of her disappointment that the daily letters she sent requesting her resignation had thus far failed. I barely noticed the phone call was taking five times too long as she cracked a litany of one-liners and ended with a declaration of her love for me and how proud of me she was. Continue reading “Frequently Asked Questions About Volunteering”

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