Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Your Turn

How many hours of charity work do you perform a year?

48 comments:

VIPblonde said...

Does watching the Pledge Drive on PBS count?

StewMcG said...

Geesh, I average about 10 hours a month... so I'd say at least 100 hours a year. I think giving back to the community is the least I can do.

My daughters' high school requests the kids to at least 30 hours of community service while in high school (4 years.) My oldest, who just graduated, did 130 hours. My second oldest, who volunteers for EVERYTHING (church, domestic violence, youth cheerleading, animal rights...) will be starting her senior year with almost 300 hours. I like knowing that they're giving back, too.

FSP said...

My charity is reading CDaN. You're welcome Enties.

Oopsy_Daisy said...

I do about 10 a week on average, although from November-December that is probably at least doubled. It's important to me to give back and raise my kids with a charitable heart.

AKM said...

I'd say 5-10 per month. I did 16 hours this past Saturday/Sunday, but doing that much in one day is a bit rare. I love volunteering!

MacAttack said...

0.

Terri said...

prob 20 hours a week. I knit and cook meals.

Rosemary Young said...

If by charity work you mean volunteer work of any kind, I do probably 250 hours per year (though I really should try to make a more accurate count). There are many ways to serve - at a charitable organization, a school, a library, or on behalf of an issue or political cause that you believe in.

CantHaveMyPurse said...

Animal rescue....at least a couple hours a day doing various vet runs, fostering, adoptions, rescues and such.

The Real Dragon said...

um none

__-__=__ said...

My time is valuable, even if I only use it to read CDAN. Charity is another way the ruling class gets people to devalue their time. Let the ruling class clean up their own mess, pay their own relatives who all profit tax free from so many bogus charities and fraudations. I can help people without any "charity" involved, and I do. There are many people forgotten by "charities" - most notably of late West. Read up on the Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt charities. There are plenty just like those. Lamar and Khloe, $camthonys, the list is endless.

MontanaMarriott said...

Regrettably I must state I am of the "cut a check to charity" mindset than actually getting my hands dirty. So that being known I cut TONS of checks yearly, does that count?

Svetlana Monsoon said...

Does dealing with and taking care of my bipolar, hoarding, narcissistic mother count?

Dave said...

Long time lurker but first time poster. I do loads and often part of a program at my office to help the local community with money and life skills as well as help out with decorating and refitting local schools and community centres.

This year though I am taking on the challenge of a life time to raise funds for cancer research and treatment. Shameless plug time! http://www.justgiving.com/Dave-Murray82 any sponsorship is greatly received and appreciated!

SusanB said...

I don't volunteer but I DO give money to worthy causes. Some prefer to give time, some prefer to give money. Both are necessary.

sylmarillion said...

About 3-4 a week, I teach Dutch at a women's shelter, act as a crossing guard and help in my daughters' class with reading.

juicy said...

Depends on how many kids I have on my caseload. I'm a CASA/GAL (guardian ad litem) for foster kids in dependency court. Right now, being a full time uni student and 9 mo preggers, I only have one kiddo, so roughly about 3-5 hours per month. After things settle down I'll take on more, but that is about all I can handle right now.

Meg said...

Volunteering in my kids' elementary school approx. 3-5 hours per week, and volunteering at a theraputic horseback riding center approx. 3-5 hours per week year-round...sometimes double that at one or the other...I'll say 400-500 hrs per year would be a close approximation. I can cut some checks, but I have more time to give than money.

phoenix said...

No official charity work per se, but I provide care for my aging parents, and help those who cross my path expressing need in the normal course of life.

La Pachuquita said...

I probably do about 5-10 hours of volunteer work a week with various housing and civic engagement organizations, and with Rocket Dog Rescue, where my two doggie loves came from.

I think it is necessary to be a part of the solution, not just complain about problems.

auntliddy said...

Svet-oh god yes- x 1000!!!! Hang in there!

auntliddy said...

None but i contribute regularly to bona fide charities that i KNOW money goingvfor whom intended. That wld be habitat for humanity, heifer, st labre indian school, paralyzed veterens. And i try to be helpful and nice to all, even the pains in the asses in my family, which frankly i should get a medal for, lol

La Pachuquita said...

Also, growing up my family received so much help from others through our rough spots, i.e Church food bank, Adopt-a Family for X-mas, clothing drives, school supplies, medical care. Without that help, I doubt I would be the "productive" member of society I am today.

I would like to think I am helping another young person out there have a fighting chance, even if their family situation or socio-economic conditions are working against him/her.

Tinydancer said...

Svetlana, for sure! I am a care-giver for my mom too. She's 92 and sweet but also a pill sometimes. I do trail work, environmental advocacy, and organize folk dances and demonstrations. All together about 2000 hours per year. It's a full time job and I love it all.

trainrides said...

@VIPblonde your superb BI skills would surely count! A lot of people rely on you, VIP. Never forget that. Where will we be without you?

Staple611 said...

Hundreds. So much so, it sometimes interferes with my job. We also donate several thousand dollars a year.

But we do it now because we can. Some day, we'll take lower paying jobs and have kids and not be able to do so much of either. But right now, we can.

a non a miss said...

I donate money to my local animal shelter. I work too much to donate time.

CrazyCatLady said...

Does putting up with my idiot co-workers count?

Patty said...

@catlady, if it did I'm into it for at least 2080 hours per year.

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Susan said...

Pre-momma days, I was an avid volunteer and an officer in our town's Women's Civic Club. I clocked in at least 6 hours a month. Now, my husband serves on the town's education foundation. But once my son enters pre-school of some sort and I have some me-time, I will definitely get to volunteering again. I love helping out those in need in my town. I plan to get a group of my piano students together this winter to play at the old peeps home.

And we always give to food drives, etc.

Meli said...

Technically....none myself. My mom and sister do tons through church and her school (private catholic school requirements). I like to write checks to St. Jude's and animal charities.

And about 1.5 years ago, my family took in an elderly lady who was kicked out of her home by her SOB SIL. We provide almost everything for her. She recycles to pay for her toiletries, but even then we tend to take care of those ourselves too. She's kinda a mix of Sofia and Rose from the Golden Girls, so she's a blast to have around. We love telling her that we benefit way more from her being here than the other way around.

BobNYC said...

After looking at my paycheck, I can confidently say I work 2080 hours a year for charity.

Cee Kay said...

At this point, I'm putting in ten hours a year at Christmas. Previous years I've done much more, but I'm raising kids now and their needs trump the world's. It will be different in a few years when they're a little older. As others have said, I do also support many worthwhile endeavours financially.

csproat said...

Used to be a CASA/GAL
Now I just sit around and read CDAN

Hahaaaah!

Unknown said...

I do animal rescue too, so with my fosters and all the other things that are involved with this endeavor, I put in a minimum of four hours a day.

Sherry said...

I HOPE a PBS pledge drive counts cuz that's all I've done this year...Maybe 25 hours so far.

Montana Marriot, SusanB, et.al...I believe your giving is important. time=money (the Farside even had a formula once so it's true!)

Bless you all who do take the time and no shame to anyone else who cannot. You probably do more than you realize in some way, shape or form like donating used goods. Every little bit helps.

PugsterMom said...

I love you.

PugsterMom said...

Absolutely.

PugsterMom said...

I collect towels and blankets for animal shelters and deliver. Through my synagogue I volunteer at shelters occasionally and other charitable events they sponsor. My husband and stepson help stock a food pantry monthly. My daughter does various things through school. I volunteer to lead/ sing services at my synagogue a lot. That's not exactly charitable but it's my time and it means so much to the congregation because I'm a trained singer and they can't afford a Cantor.

bluesangria said...

) hours.
Instead, I try to be friendly and helpful to the people I encounter on a daily basis - family, friends, neighbor, co-worker, the asshole that just cut me off while driving (I did not flip him off. Totally nice!), etc.
99% of the time, it pays off too! If someone is in a pissy mood and you treat them with compassion, their pissy mood (usually) evaporates and the next person that follows you benefits from the improved mood.

Nichole said...

I don't really give time, but I take the leftover dinner from work ( I work in my university dining hall) that we are told to throw away at the end of the night and give it to these homeless dudes that hang out near the library. Wasteful dining hall.

Jenn said...

Well, with what I get paid, about 40hrs a week.
Honestly, I try to do what I can. Give to the food drive. The money to bell ringers at Christmas. I help little ladies with their carts, groceries. I like doing face to face stuff. Maybe that's just being nice. Hmm

KittensRUs said...

More than I could count. Animal rescuer. And yes, this is on top of my real job.

PugsterMom said...

I love you!

Chad Sexington said...

About 150 a year. I belong to a not-so-secret society and we do more charity work than most orgnaizations.

Kimberly R. R. said...

I probably do about 200 hours/year. I so wish I could more because I find it very rewarding.

April Walsh said...

I actually never thought of myself as charitable because I never have spare money (music's not always a lucrative job), but when I think of it, I guess I am. I do charity or fundraiser gigs for free whenever someone really wants me there and doesn't have a budget to pay me. That's usually at least four hour-long gigs a year. Also, I'm a fanfic-writing dork and I've done fic for charity auctions with about 6 novel length fics for charity, so those hours really add up (average 80 hours a fic at two a year). So I'm going to say about 150 hours a year if I keep it up.

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