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Any Volunteers?

Any Volunteers?

Date: May 15 2007

Themes: Hobbies


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Albert Einstein thought that community service was necessary for a good life. Some work doesn’t pay anything but very much needs to be done. There is so much that can only be accomplished when people are willing to volunteer and put money aside and work for something they believe in.

There are lots of ways to volunteer. Some people volunteer to save animals and forests. Others work with the sick or poor. Listen to Amanda and Marni talk about the places they volunteer.


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Amanda:  So, do you volunteer much?

Marni:  I do.

Amanda:  Do you? What sort of organizations are you…

Marni:  Um Cascade AIDS Project which is local and just phenomenal, and SMART, Start Making a Reader Today.

Amanda:  Oh, what a great program! That’s wonderful to hear that.

Marni:  But it’s interesting how my interest in nonprofits changed when I had a child. So now they’re more family oriented, naturally.

Amanda:  Interesting. So before that you would have gone for just different organizations, different causes.

Marni:  Probably what was the most trendy. I know that sounds horrible, but whatever people in my company were doing at the time.

Amanda:  Oh yeah. Well, it’s easier probably to do it when the whole company is on board.

Marni:  Absolutely.

Amanda:  Yeah, I love volunteering as well. I certainly don’t do it as…as…enough. I’ll admit that right now. And I have to admit something really terrible.

Marni:  Okay, tell me.

Amanda:  I have in the past, uh, I had a minor sort of traffic violation and it was you know paying a fine or doing some volunteering, and I opted for the volunteering, uh, for Loaves and Fishes, which is a great organization, provides meals to, you know, elderly individuals. But it was court ordered, eight hours, well now, I’ll admit, it’s on my resume as a, you know, resume booster.

Marni:  I have no problem with that.

Amanda:  Well, I’m glad to hear it…

Marni:  You’re not lying on your resume.

Amanda:  No, I’m not lying, but, you know, would I have done it for that organization if I hadn’t been court ordered? Probably not.

Marni:  That’s true too. When you volunteer, why are you volunteering?

Amanda:  Yeah, exactly.

Marni:  Is it out of the goodness of your heart?

Amanda:  Or because you want to be recognized.

Marni:  And looked at.



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Marni volunteers for two local organizations, one that fights AIDS and one that helps children learn to read. She says that having a child changed her interests in where she volunteers. She used to do whatever the people she worked with did.

Amanda also volunteered for a local organization that brings food to elderly people. But she only did so because she was forced to by a judge. She still uses the volunteering on her resume though. Amanda worries that this is wrong, but Marni assures her it’s not. Nonetheless, they agree that it’s good to make sure you volunteer for the right reasons.

Do you volunteer? Wheat causes do you work for? How did you choose them?



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Viet Nam

I used to volunteer at the library in an Elementary near my house when I was in Houston.

06:21 AM Aug 15 2014 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I’m not so self confident so i never volunteer in any case!

I always wait for some one else to do sth and after that i do it!even when i take exam and it will finish,I wait for some one else to leave the class and then i will!


05:44 PM Jan 18 2014 |



Russian Federation

I volunteered to work at the archeological expedition for several times, it was interesting there.

08:59 PM Jul 24 2013 |

Ali Imran

Ali Imran


I've never done any volunteer work at all. Guess I'll may do it in the future.

03:42 AM Apr 11 2011 |

pink angel

pink angel

Saudi Arabia

a wonderful topic

you made me feel bad that i have never volunteer in any thing before

but this  give me the courage to start looking for it in  the future and volunteer whenever i have the chance to do


thank you



01:05 PM Jul 30 2008 |

Jin Ju

Jin Ju


Fantastic lesson! Volunteering is such an awesome thing! I really appreciate those ppl who volunteer. It is also important to volunteer with sincere heart, not to do it as an obligation.

04:46 PM Jan 26 2008 |



very interesting!

08:12 AM Dec 13 2007 |

stephanie zhang


Before I have been a volunteer to serve in the community, teaching the elderly English song. It made them feel pround to sing in English.

01:36 PM Dec 12 2007 |



Viet Nam

i want to become a volunteer. i think if do that i can give happiness to other people

03:01 AM Dec 12 2007 |



Saudi Arabia


I hope but nothing here in my country .

 my country have assistant persons for any thing

Maystro ;0

12:47 PM May 21 2007 |




09:39 AM May 21 2007 |

vkfgksk123Super Member!

South Korea

i don't have any clue about it


03:03 AM May 20 2007 |




This is my first time to come here ,it is good!

10:20 AM May 19 2007 |



me too!

07:26 AM May 19 2007 |


Hong Kong

i want to be an volenteer of 2008
oliympic in beijing

05:47 AM May 19 2007 |




yah u r right..u feel good if u recieved those as a compliments of ur work. but still u feel good if u are the one who gave them help than u r the one who asked for help from them…what do u want? become a victim? or a to have a helping hand without expecting anything in return? how do u feel that?

03:19 PM May 16 2007 |

Hasan ah

Hasan ah


who said that volunteers that doesnt get or recived any thing ?   i have been volunteer and i will tell u what will u got if u been volunteer u will get smiles,love and hearts of people that u helped…. and that is more expensive than any thing.Wink

09:36 PM May 15 2007 |



yes, i did it and that was absolutly wounderfol, you go to help and when you finish you have 200% more

04:37 PM May 15 2007 |

Josh K

Josh K


we would service the community

03:33 PM May 15 2007 |

Josh K

Josh K


here I’m ready for be volunteer

03:28 PM May 15 2007 |

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