Thursday, November 19, 2015

A To Z Of Gratitude: V

V is for Volunteering


Haven't we all been helped in our lives at some point by someone volunteering their time? And don't we all have stories to tell? I have many and here's one of them:

When my ex-husband and I separated, I had no idea what my rights were as a spouse and as a parent of minors. I needed legal advice to sort it all out, but with very little money, it was impossible to contact a lawyer directly.

What to do...what to do...

Enter the YWCA's legal information clinic in my hometown. For a small donation of $10 (it was $5 back then) you receive confidential, individual, information sessions that are provided by lawyers and notaries experienced in a variety of legal areas...volunteering their time! And you can benefit from this service a maximum of 3 times per year.

I made an appointment, paid the $5.00 and met with a lawyer who helped me tremendously. Thirty minutes may not seem very long but it was more than enough time to answer all my questions and ease some of my worries.

I'm grateful to that lawyer, who's name (if I remember correctly) was Sandra, for volunteering her time and helping me during a difficult time.

Do you have any stories to share?

28 comments:

  1. Volunteering is wonderful, especially this service you mentioned above. I've done lots of volunteering over the years; school, church, community, etc. This year I stepped back after we moved, haven't found my "groove" yet, but plan to put that on a high priority for the coming new year to find some place to serve :)

    betty

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    1. I hope you find your groove, Betty. And I know what you mean about that. I felt that way when we first moved here. I wanted to participate somewhere but wasn't sure where. I stumbled upon the local hospice organization and I realized it's for me.

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  2. Wow that is awesome. I find volunteer work very rewarding, my favorite being work I have done for a local child abuse agency.

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  3. Yes volunteering is very rewarding. I don't understand retired people who are bored and go back to work (taking a job from someone who needs one) when their skills are needed as volunteers in the community.

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    1. Yes, and there are many, many organizations in desperate need of volunteers.

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  4. OH BOY DO I HAVE A STORY!! This was published as a guest blog on another site. Here's the link. I hope you read it because if it hadn't been for one woman who volunteered her time, I don't know where my life would have gone.
    http://www.middlesage.com/thanks-giving-november/

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    1. What a great story, Barb! Glad it all turned out so well. Pat, Doris and John were all your Guardian Angels!

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    2. Thanks Debra. One volunteer who took the time to make some phone calls to others. That's what it's all about. Helping others.

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    3. What an amazing story, Barb! I'm so happy that things turned out so well for you. These were angels on earth looking out for you. It is horrible about the discrimination you faced as a pregnant and single woman. I'm so glad there were people during that time that were kind and compassionate, instead of judgmental and cruel. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I've known other women over the years who the YWCA helped tremendously with their woman-centred, feminist-inspired programs and services. They are real pioneers in advancing women's rights.

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    1. They certainly are, Debra. I was thrilled about this organization when I discovered it and so glad to see that it is still going strong.

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  6. that was very nice of them to offer that kind of service

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  7. Thanks for great info Martha and what a lovely thing these lawyers do! My dentist cousin has volunteered at various clinics from time to time.

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    1. My husband is a lawyer and has volunteered legal advice for people with HIV/Aids.

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    2. And that is wonderful about your husband, Natalie!

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  8. As a volunteer I find that I get a big reward by helping others. If we make a difference it's a bonus.

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    1. I totally agree. And I agree about feeling rewarded by helping others. That's what it does for me!

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  9. Right after our house flooded, we got a brief consultation with a free lawyer. It was a service they were providing to flood victims. I found during the flood that many people actually want to help others during something like that, especially when it happens in your own town. You feel so helpless...you just want to do whatever you can to help.

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    1. That's really nice of them, Stephanie. It's wonderful when people offer help in times of need.

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  10. It's wonderful how people give their time and energy to help others! Glad someone was there for you when you needed it.

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    1. Yes, it is quite wonderful how people help others. And there are many people doing just that! They make the world a better place.

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  11. That is a wonderful story, and turns out, thirty important minutes. Cool beans.

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    1. Yup. Thirty very important minutes. Amazing how much you can squeeze in a short period of time when you're in need!

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  12. Volunteering is so easy to do and is so rewarding not only for the people you help but for you as well I think.

    I've done a lot of volunteering over the years ... my most favourite is going into local schools and helping the youngsters to read. Reading for some comes easier than others. There is so much joy to be able to pick up a book and share a story especially with children.

    Great topic Martha, thank you.

    All the best Jan

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    1. That is wonderful, Jan! Helping kids learn to read is very important. Thanks for sharing this.

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