Thursday, 12/19 and Friday, 12/20. Therapy and Work Day. by beautyandserendipity featuring a blue fleece jacket
Thursday, 12/19/2013 I had therapy, and it went well. Friday I worked as a volunteer in the NAMI NYC Staten Island office all day. It was very busy, which was good, because that keeps me occupied and it means we're helping many people.
My personal opinion on volunteering is that it's usually a positive experience. I've only had one problem ever with anyone working as a volunteer, and fortunately, other people in the office stepped in and interceded, which was good. You don't get paid, but you reap benefits in other ways: You get to hone your existing skills, learn new skills, and you often find abilities you never knew you had. Plus, you have the knowledge that you're working to make the world a better place. One doesn't often get the chance to make a real difference in the world, and volunteering is a great way to do that. Many people look down on volunteering because it isn't "real work" because you don't get paid. But any reputable organization knows that they need to treat their volunteers well and treat them respect, and they value their talents, skills and abilities. The other bonus to working as a volunteer is that you make new connections with people, people get to know you and your work, and that can lead to a new job, possibly better than the one you have, or had, and it's more likely to be more in line with your interests, passions and goals in life.
I think it's a win-win situation, all around. The organization benefits from your work, and you benefit from your work with the organization.