42 thoughts on “Let Me Ask You a Question – 9/21/18

  1. There a re a lot of reasons. To name a few, 1) People get too busy; 2) people don;t want to do things for free; 3) people can be very selfish and very self-centered, especially if they do not feel there is anything in it for them. I love to volunteer, and in fact, am doing so tomorrow.

  2. Time. Busy lifestyles with families. They don’t want to get involved in issues that may make them think twice about their own lives. Our whole family volunteers in one way or another. Just a fact of life.

  3. Of course there are different REAL reasons behind that.
    However, in the circles I run with it’s mostly because of two things. 1. No time for themselves and their families, let alone others/ strangers. 2. People work hard for their money, and still live paycheck to paycheck. It might feel unfair to them that some people don’t have to do the same and instead live on handouts.
    Mainly the 1st one though.

      1. Maybe they have elders/ sick people of their own. And they have to take care of them themselves, because they don’t have the money to put them in a nursing home? And on top of that they have full time jobs?

  4. Two main things come to mind:
    1) As a society, we have a “what’s-in-it-for-me” mentality
    2) Too many people have been misused, mistreated, or persistently unappreciated while volunteering, leaving a bad taste for performing such work.

    1. How many people would you guess don’t volunteer because they did so and were mistreated? I would have to think that % of the population is incredibly low.

      1. Churches and schools often struggle to find volunteers for this reason. People get jaded from criticism and quit trying. I couldn’t name a percentage, but I’ve seen it happen frequently enough that I would say at a minimum 25%

      2. Wow that’s a huge number. That would mean that tens of millions of people have volunteered and had a bad experience.

  5. In order to do volunteer work you need:
    To feel that you have the free time.
    To feel you can take the time from opportunities for paid work (second or third job).
    A cause and organization you consider worthy, and work in it that feels important and appreciated.
    Family members, friends, fellow club or church members who volunteer and/or encourage it.
    Seeing a possibility that the volunteer work could help you advance in your career in some way.
    Not to be bought into a “It’s a dog eat dog world, or, root hog or die,” philosophy.

    1. Could it come down to…it requires one to spend at least some part of their life considering and having compassion for others in need?

      1. I does appear that some people just don see that they can afford to think about that. There is also a philosophy that is popular which says God gives everybody what they deserve and if someone is in need it is due to their own moral failure in some way.

  6. It’s not a priority to some. They can’t see beyond themselves to actual serve a purpose that doesn’t serve themselves. Funny this is today’s question, I just used my lunch to run out three cases of soda that I donated for a local non-profit’s First Responder event that’s coming up. My health won’t let me volunteer for the 6-month commitment (they require) right now, so I help out in other ways.

  7. I think the concept of volunteerism needs to be introduced at an early age. At the school I went to volunteering was required. So we all did it. The school arranged it at hospitals, soup kitchens, shops for the blind etc. So since I grew up with it I continued to do it as a adult. Now I do it from home as a member of Amnesty International’s Urgent Action Network sending out emails on behalf of prisoners of conscience or people in danger of torture or extrajudicial execution.

    1. Any time I hear someone say “I don’t have time” my BS radar goes off. I feel as though it is the worst excuse someone can make.

  8. Years ago I used to volunteer regularly , even when I had my own children to look after. These days I donate what I can to charity. I personally can longer donate my time due to my own health issues.

    1. At one point I volunteered with the MS Society but the volunteer coordinator at my local office changed and the new lady doesn’t inform the volunteers of upcoming work. I need to find a new cause.

  9. Mostly it’s because of time. Being a volunteer still makes you liable. Training, security and police checks, even compulsory courses have to be completed these days. Then it starts over in 12 months. It’s not as easy to just walk into a place these days and vulunteer for an hour or two or a day or two.

    I have known a few people to volunteer just to promote how wonderful they are. Sorry but it’s true.

  10. People don’t make time for it or don’t want to do it, especially if it doesn’t benefit them. I like to give back when there is an opportunity. I am up for helping others. I have volunteered my time before. I need to make more time for it.

  11. I think we all are loaded with multiple issues of our own that consumes us and our attention. It doesn’t mean we don’t want to volunteer. It means that our lives are already imbalanced.

    1. That’s a possibility. There was an advertising campaign that runs occasionally saying “Don’t be an “almost” volunteer.” Most people think it is the right thing to do, but don’t do it.

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