koralleen (koralleen) wrote,

Today I attended an online conference for parents involved in Victoria's online school. It was titled something like Fostering Community and I thought it would be about making social connections for kids. It was more about parents getting involved, but it still had some helpful pointers to resources so the time wasn't wasted; however, the session began with a definition of "community" and then the speaker asked listeners to text in with their results from past efforts in volunteering.

A bunch of people mentioned their coaching, teaching, leading experiences. Fine. They told how great it felt to "give". How rewarding it was. How they felt a part of the group. Well bully for them. Most of my volunteer efforts have sucked but I didn't feel like texting that to the group. I wonder how many other people at the same meeting felt the same. I usually feel as though I am stepping on toes, not helping out. It definitely has never made me part of a community. In fact, the more people I meet the more I like my friends.

I haven't figured out a way to volunteer for anything in a regular capacity here with no reliable childcare, but I'm sure something will come along soon. Whee.

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