Several years back I spent a lot of time volunteering for our local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). I was very involved in their art program and I even made connections that led to the job I have now. I meet some amazing people and found the support I needed as a person with a mental illness.
Since then, I have worked at two nonprofits both in the mental health field.
In my previous position, I was required to drive clients to food pantries – almost all of them were at churches. Some said a prayer before passing out food. One actually made you sit through a sermon before they gave you groceries. I thought it was disgusting that they were taking advantage of very vulnerable people.
You shouldn’t help others in the name of god. You should want to help because you’re a decent human being.
It’s no surprise that you run into a lot of religious people in “Holy Toledo”.
I’m thinking of volunteering again and I would love to hear where you volunteer. I need some secular ideas.
At the top of my list right now is my daughter’s school. It might be nice to meet some of the other parents and I definitely need more reasons to get out of the house. However, I may have to wait a couple months since the last week of school is literally next week.
Okay decent humans, where do you volunteer?