Jodi - posted on 08/07/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )
I am just curious. I do voluntary work at our school canteen (I'd rather volunteer than see the funding directed away from educational resources). We have a paid canteen manager, but there are usually 2-3 volunteers rostered for each shift as well. Today, I was the only volunteer that showed up. That's right, there were a total of 6 volunteers on the roster over 2 shifts, and I was the only one that actually showed up. No phone calls, nothing.
It is my belief that I have an obligation to contribute to the school community. I work from home (yes, I do have a part-time income), have 2 bio children, 2 step-kids (they don't live her full time), and also help my husband with his business, but I feel that I still should contribute where I can, and when I make that commitment, I should treat it as if it were a job. I mean, we are talking once a month for this roster!!
So, I am just interested, because it is something I really question:
1. Do you volunteer to do work either in the community or at your kids schools
2. If you commit to a voluntry roster, do you call them if it is a problem? Do you think that people who don't call to give them a chance to make other arrangements are rude?
3. If you are a SAHM and have school age children but don't volunteer, why not?
I am not trying to say it is right or wrong, but I am sincerely interested in opinions.
I will give mine, given I am asking for yours - I have always either volunteered or provided donations to my kids schools (if I can't commit time we give donations through our businesses for services). I have always called them if I can't make it to my shift/commitment, and only an emergency will stop me.