For this year’s New Year’s resolution, I decided that I would look for another charity to devote my spare time to. I wanted the charity to focus on what I felt wasn’t getting enough attention. As you know, there is an endless supply of dog charities in San Diego and if you would calculate the ratio between animals to human charities; you would think we hate our mankind. I wanted it to be a smaller charity, where what I did had in impact. See size really does matter.
I decided to go with homelessness. To be honest it was difficult to find a charity online that dealt with homeless, just try Googling “charities” sometime and see what you come up with. I think we all know of someone or maybe you have been in a situation that you lost your job due to some unforeseen situation and things seem to be spiraling in a downward fashion and you find yourself out on the streets. Now your family pet can get assistance, in this situation but you can’t which is pretty sad.
For most charities, let’s face it they only give 10% if you are lucky. There are lots of overhead to keep up and we understand that. But did you know that some presidents or heads of charities receive a new company car every year, along with a six figure salary. Kind of makes you wonder where the money is going. So follow the money trail and see where your hard earned money is really going.
Volunteers at most larger charities are treated like employees, without the benefits. As volunteers, you are encouraged to donate your time and skills to help your charity. Unfortunately many charities adjust their payroll for just this occasion. They have directors/managers and volunteers. This helps keep the overhead down, while still keeping up with the workflow and keeping that nice salary. You got to wonder who are these people directing or managing, sincere there are no employees. Makes you wonder if your favorite charity is taking advantage of volunteers.
Another nice thing about volunteering at a smaller charity is that they are grateful for you and your work. If there are not a lot of volunteers, you are more appreciated and hopefully that is shared. I know myself that since volunteering at the Doors of Change; I get a thank you phone call, after every event I help out at. Is it mandatory? No. Is it very much welcomed? Yes, very much so.
I hope I have not bored you too much. I had a lot of fun writing this one like all of my blogs. I trust I have given you some valuable tips to think about. Volunteering can be fun and you have the opportunity to meet new people. Remember nothing is set in stone and there is not a perfect formula, so go out and have some fun.