Volunteering Expectations

Daily Prompt: Disappointment 


When thinking about going into a situation I ask myself what can happen and what is the least that can happen. In my past days of higher optimism my expectations were what I desperately wanted to have happen while ignoring the realities.

Volunteering is seen as a selfless act or at least something good to do. The picture that you might get in your head of a group of volunteers is that they are the nicest people. You might think that volunteering will change your life. I probably thought these things in the past but even before I started volunteering, my expectations for people in general was bare bones. I don’t really live by the mantra, expect nothing and you will never be disappointed because I do expect my internet connection not to lag but I don’t expect much when it comes to human behaviour.  

From my experience with volunteering thus far, the great majority of regular volunteers are people with too much time on their hands and people who are required to volunteer because of work or school obligations…so retirees, non-profit employees and students.

The majority of volunteers that I have encountered are not that nice. They are often impatient, judgmental and demanding. They’re like union workers in that they do as little as possible, ditch work when the weather is good and complain about everything.

It’s easy to become jaded as the volunteer coordinator because you deal with the volunteers who sometimes feel they are owed something for their unpaid work and also the clients that try to abuse a free service.

It’s possible what I have seen is not indicative of the whole volunteer spectrum. The caliber of volunteer you get at an organization could also largely depend on the type of volunteer gig.

The only thing I expected from volunteering was the opportunity to help people who needed help especially when there was no one else to do it. If I expected anything more there could have been disappointment.



Dogs Over People

I like dogs just how I like humans…I like the ones that aren’t assholes. I wouldn’t categorize myself as a dog lover nor would I categorize myself as a human lover. For whatever reasons there seems to be more dog lovers than human lovers. In case dog lovers are in denial, there is such a thing as a dickhead dog.

My volunteer applications have been sent to various animal shelters with no response. Apparently, they have an abundance of people looking to volunteer with them so you have to be somewhat special to get a gig there. They have so many volunteers they say, that if there is one error on your application they will just delete it. There is one position though that doesn’t get much attention which is the Overnight Guardian position for small dogs and puppies because of the time you have to pick up a dog at 5pm and bring it back between 11 AM and 12:00 PM the next day. They state that they “especially need people for this position.” Even with my flexible schedule and willingness they are not interested with me. My guess is that they don’t think I’m qualified.

It’s a dog for freak’s sake. They eat their own shit, lick their crotch all day and sniff the butts of anything that has a butthole. They make it seem like you’re handling a sensitive nuclear device or the next heir to the throne. Who knows, maybe these animal shelters favour females. I shouldn’t speculate but I have to because this blog is for entertainment purposes. But the definite verdict is that more people would rather volunteer with animals than they would helping old people.

Maybe they’ll call me in the near future. It would make a good addition to my blog. “Dog of the Week.” If it got enough attention the SPCA would find my blog and then ban me for life for the disgusting things that I write.