[NABS-L] vollunteering and small towns verses big towns or cities

Nina Marranca ninam0814 at gmail.com
Mon Oct 28 12:40:09 UTC 2019

Good morning Andrew!
I have done a variety of volunteer tasks, from working spaghetti dinners, to sorting donated clothes, to helping with church functions, to pushing into educational settings to speak about blindness and service dogs. I've also worked with the elderly; often, reading or talking to elderly patients does a lot to boost their mood and quality of care.
	I think it just comes down to being flexible. Much like finding a job, don't under estimate the connections those around you may offer. Communicate that you are looking for volunteer opportunities to everyone you know. Search online also, and once you have found one, do not be afraid to advocate for yourself and everything that you can do.
	You may also want to consider creating your own community service project, such as recruiting local businesses and hosting a hat, glove, and coat drive before Winter gets under way.
	I hope this helps!

Nina Marranca
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Ninam0814 at gmail.com

On 10/27/19, 23:25, "NABS-L on behalf of andrew edgcumbe via NABS-L" <nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org on behalf of nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:

    Hi My name is Andrew from Ontario Canada. I  just wanted to ask few
    things. I live in a small town and  that is a real struggle mostly
    because I am having a hard time finding vollunteer type  stuff. I been
    having trouble finding vollunteer work and stuff like that ways to
    vollunteer that is. I  have either been told i need somebody with me
    or they just plane don't communicate with me about things fully.
    Anyway  that has been a real struggle for me I will say I am not the
    most skilled or experienced blind person.  I am not sure how you all
    have gone about doing vollunteer type stuff but what troubles have you
    run into if any like what were you able to do if you have vollunteered
    or are vollunteering what are you doing or have you done?  I have been
    having trouble finding the help I need again i live in a small town.
    I did go to a employmentsupport agency and they basically said they
    don't have resources to help me.  she says i need computer and iphone
    training I do realize allot of things or jobs or whatever needs the
    technology but as far as vollunteering goes i feel there is still ways
    to vollunteer without having to be an exburt on technology or to good
    at it far as vollunteering goes.  I don't know if any of you would
    have pointers or not when it comes to finding ways to vollunteering or
    not.  The other thing is this in your experiences are bigger cities
    better for blind people or does it really make any differences big or
    small when it comes to vollunter opportunities or just opportunities
    for things over all.  transportation wise it isn't to bad as there is
    a van that does come to my door  but i am looking for some pointers if
    there is any on vollunteering mostly. like as far as big or small
    towns or cities do you feel there is more opportunity in bigger center
    for things like vollunteering or whatever?
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