Let me first start out by saying that I don't think I've had one good volunteering experience yet. I've volunteered a few times now.
My first volunteer experience was with a group of co-workers. We basically worked a food stand at a University of Dayton basketball game. We were raising money for our work picnic and we got to keep a portion of the proceeds. It was fun working with my co-workers but we also had to deal with the normal food workers. They basically bossed us around like we were beneath them. Made me feel like crap and I couldn't wait to get out of there! I will never volunteer for that again. I don't know what made them treat us like that. But it left a bad taste in my mouth. We raised a bunch of money though - maybe around $600? Or more?
The next time I volunteered was at the tax center on base. We went to class to learn how to do taxes. I was excited to do this because I loved tax classes when I was in college. Well, then came the real stuff. I had these military people come in and expected me to know everything about the tax law. I never felt like I did it right and felt like I was bugging the head tax guy there too much. I eventually just stopped after a while. I didn't feel like I was helping anyways.
Then one winter I decided to help out a local trail race. I got there and felt like an idiot from the very beginning. The other volunteers acted like why are you here, we don't need you. I worked the cash register and after I was done with that (and the race started) I was sort of standing around and no one told me to do anything so I just walked away. Felt like crap after that one too. I felt pretty much useless and unwanted!
Based on those volunteer experiences, I never feel good volunteering. They always seem very unorganized and I end up feeling like crap for whatever reason.
But I guess I'm a glutton for punishment. I keep thinking the next volunteer opportunity will be better.
I signed up for the Tattoo Air Force Festival last weekend working the merchandise booth. Well, a big ol' derecho moved in and destroyed a lot of stuff there so I ended up not volunteering there.
This weekend I signed up to volunteer for the air show. I was working from 7am-1230pm. Was going to be a high of 108!!!
But I've run in the 90 degree weather so I can stand around and served beer in 108 degree weather, right? At least that's what I was thinking. And then I couldn't sleep in so that bummed me out but I was able to get up.
So I drove 30 minutes there. I parked. Took a picture of the area when I parked.
You can see some of the stuff in the background.
So the people who I was volunteering for were supposed to be at the gate and inside the grounds. There was just a grumpy old man checking our vendor passes. Ok, I said to myself, I'm sure there will be a volunteer check in on the grounds. But there wasn't! There wasn't anything! There were tents set up for food etc. but not a lot of people around and no one who would know to ask. No vendor/volunteer check in. NOTHING! What kind of operation is this? So I decided I'm not going to give up. I walked approximately half the long aisle where everything is set up and then turned around. It was a long way I walked and couldn't find crap. So I gave up. I wanted this to be a good experience and help out and it didn't happen. I drove 30 minutes for nothing. So I basically walked to my car and left. Here are a couple pictures I took on my way back.
Have you ever had a bad volunteer experience? A good one? I'd love to hear about them.
So here I was at 7:30 am at this point. I decided to go ahead and run some errands. Hit up Krogers, then Tim Horton's for an EXTRA large coffee.
Love coffee! Then I decided on a whim to get a car wash. I haven't had a car wash in months. It was time. I go thru the automated one where you just swipe your credit card. I love it! Unfortunately, I forgot to take off my 26.2 magnet and so I guess it came off there. I'm too lazy to go back and find it. Just an excuse to go get another one at the AF Marathon Expo! ;) Here are some cool pics from the car wash. Yes, I'm a dork! haha!