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Harness the people. [Dec. 19th, 2015|09:35 pm]
Emily Macaulay
This is a vignette of a blog (which by the way is the word Vine is a derivative of - as in the very short online video clip, a fact I learned this week).

I don't have heaps of money spare each month. I donate a proportion of my salary each month to charity and donate items I no longer want to charities. I volunteer my time and over the years have done a variety of roles. I want to help.

This Christmas, specifically on Christmas Day, I will be alone. So I've looked for opportunities to give my fit body and pair of hands to work to help those that need more than most to be cared for at this time of year. In the last two months I've contacted the local homeless charity, they didn't want me but told me how I could donate money. I contacted some local charities supporting older and isolated people, they told me their volunteers were already booked and pointed me to ways to donate money. I've contacted the local volunteering centre, they informed me that "everyone" has their volunteers in place already. I stumbled across a group that'll be running a soup kitchen in the city, but comments they have made in the past about the LGBT community means I won't support them.

It is hard to volunteer, even when motivated to do so. I know there will be loads of bureaucracy and training which mean that charities find it hard to harness ad hoc volunteers. But, if I may be so bold, they could do so much more this Christmas if they could.
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From: (Anonymous)
2015-12-20 12:03 pm (UTC)
What you say about trying to be utilised with little success at Christmas just makes me very cross. Everything appears to boil down to money and so we think throwing money at problems will solve them. Not so. We need to feel, touch and give of ourselves in order to reach other human beings. What are you doing on your own on Christmas Day, really not happy to hear that. Please be with someone.
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