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Do you perform any volunteer work?

Volunteering while RVing can bring you great joy. What better way to travel the country than giving back as you go?

An excerpt from an article by Tim Slack reads, “By providing our labor to these organizations we free up paid staff, save the agencies money, and we get to learn about and experience some of the most beautiful parts of the country.” Continue reading his wonderful article about volunteer opportunities while RVing here.

Do you perform any volunteer work? If so, will you share with us what it is and what you do in the comments? We’d love to hear, and maybe you’ll inspire others.

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Mitzi Agnew Giles and Ed Giles
1 month ago

DH and I have done a boatload of volunteering in the past. Starting with the 1980’s, financial support by becoming life members of Florida Trail Association, Astronomical Association, and Folk Club of Palm Beaches. Last two were minor financial support. DH volunteered with DS cub scout troop while I was a leader in Girl Scouts for 1 yr with DD. When DS bridged into Boy Scouts I became a Committee member and 6 months later an Assistant Scoutmaster. Between 1990 and 2006 I continued as an ASM, and also an Assistant District Commissioner, a member of our district Training Team, and completed Woodbadge training. I attended every BSA Troop meeting, and assisted youth with an expanded camping and adventure program. In our area, many young men dropped out due to boredom, but many came to us precisely because we were exciting. We had weekends camping in the Florida Keys and snorkeling, weekends at almost every state park, river tubing and canoing, lake fishing, and mini camps over spring

Mitzi Agnew Giles and Ed Giles
1 month ago

break as well as summer camps at out of area camps. We did backpacking in the North Ga mountains and TN as well as Florida- we had a tradition of MLK weekend 3 day backpacking trips, and one Thanksgiving we trained a 4 day canoe trip at Okeefenokee Swamp as prep for summer camps at the Ely Mn High Adventure canoe Base(1997) Bisset Manitoba(1998) and NW Ontario Atikokan base (1999 and 2006) During the 1990s I was also a local and state representative of our Florida Trail Association, and a volunteer Trip leader with them, and worked 1 Saturday a month at our local food bank. I also taught First Aid and Wilderness Survival Merit Badges. During this time I worked fulltime as a Hospice nurse and DH helped me earn the cost of every camping/summer camp trip, as our troop couldn’t afford to pay the way for the adult volunteers and we could not afford to pay my way from our family income.
I had several back /wrist injuries over the years and can no longer sleep on the ground. It was a very

Mitzi Agnew Giles and Ed Giles
1 month ago

depressed couple of years with not being able to physically do much at all – until I suddenly realized that we could afford a small travel trailer and I could get back into the woods that way! I had to give up all my volunteer work before retiring from work, and now I enjoy talking to other RVers at the campgrounds.
(BTW it sorta amused me when calling on other mothers to ask their assistance in Scouting to hear them say “I work, you know”, and say back to them, “So do I which is why this activity is scheduled when it is!”)

Bob Weinfurt
1 month ago

I did quite a bit in my younger days but being older and having MS restricts how much I can do. I help out fellow RVers and always leave an area I camped in cleaner than I found it.

Merrily
1 month ago

For ALL of those who wrote about some of their volunteerism, I REALLY appreciate these blessings!! Not only do the people/organization/community benefit from what you have done, but YOU (WE the volunteers) benefit with our humility, our humanity and our pride of service (different than boastful pride)!!

THANK YOU!!

ps for those that think you need to GO SOMEWHERE to volunteer, look right outside of where you are- clean your campsite or trail – make it better than you found it! At home, clean the gutters beyond your house, open and hold a door, or simply share a smile!

Glenn S
1 month ago

At Abbott’s mill, in Milford, DE, I helped restore a 20 HP diesel engine.(backup power for the mill). Now I start and run the engine once a month. (March through November)
Note: the 20 HP engine weighs about 2000 lbs (one ton) and is started manually (no electric starter).

Dave
1 month ago

Both my wife and I used to work at a Mission in Mexico. Such a rewarding experience. Old age has stopped most of that now. We can only provide money now and not always that.

Rey L.
1 month ago

All Forces Honor Guard
MHD Team 21
Riverside National Cemetery

Tim Slack
1 month ago

My wife & I have volunteered basically year-round for the past ten years, since our retirement. Living in our RV, and using several favorite websites to gather options, we have scored free FHU 20/30/50 sites in exchange for 20-32 hrs/week doing fun things. Most have been county, regional, state or national parks; some have offered stipends, several have been full-on paying positions earning $15-20K/summer. Wanna see Grand Canyon? Work for Grand Canyon Conservancy. Sonoran desert vistas? Contact Maricopa Co Parks in Phoenix. Like working & living in nature? Check out volunteering for US Fish & Wildlife at a National Wildlife Refuge – they’re all around the country.

Bobby DeArment
1 month ago

Volunteer firefighter, rescue tech and EMT. Have been since 1973 and still responding.

Wayne Braxton
1 month ago

I do not volunteer with any specific organization. I do however volunteer to help people with designing, establishing and maintaining their flower gardens and shrubs. A favorite hobby of mine

Fulltimer (again)
1 month ago

We volunteer with SOWERS (Servants on Wheels Ever Ready) http://www.sowerministry.org doing mostly remodeling/construction at Christian camps and conference centers. We travel at our own expense to a project, then they provide us with full hookups in exchange for 24 hrs/week for the men and 12 hrs/wk for the women, for three weeks. In addition we are allowed to stay the 4th week for free to see the area. We love serving these ministries that have been sorely in need due to the Covid shutdowns the last year+. It also frees up their paid staff to be able to work with their campers.

Beth Holt
1 month ago

For the past 4 winters I volunteer at the Yuma Proving Ground Post Library. I assemble crafts for kids that they make after I read several books during story time, either at the library or child care center. But the best part is putting on a red velvet dress and white wig at Christmas time and portraying Mrs Jessica Claus. She reads at the annual tree lighting, child care center, and at a special party at the library. Another winter RVer portrays Santa.

Tom W.
1 month ago

I spend a lot of my spare time volunteering, I am a Scout leader that takes about 2 nights a week, Teach Sunday School, I am a Amateur’s Radio operator and take part in several emergency operations as well as public events for communications, such as parades, public shows, marathons, etc… I turn 70 this year and don’t plan on slowing down as long as the God Lord is willing to keep me going. By the way, I have had 5 back surgeries and am in pain every minute of every day but keeping active helps keep my mind off the pain.

Mitzi Agnew Giles and Ed Giles
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom W.

Thank you for service to Scouting. I’ll post my own experience after reading everyone else’s.

Ralph Caldwell
1 month ago

I volunteer in Red Cross disaster shelters both locally and across the country. I have been out 9 weeks this year. Midland Texas, Dallas Texas, El Paso Texas, Tonasket Washingto, Cameron Park California, Lynden Washington .

Glenda Alexander
1 month ago

I do some sort of volunteer work every day. On Sundays I play the keyboard for vespers services. Monday through Saturday mornings I lead exercise classes at the Escapees CARE center. In addition, I do all the photographic documentation for our CARE parties and other special activities; then I update the photograph albums.

Glenda Alexander
1 month ago

ADDENDUM: I also am involved with the prison ministry at the church where I attended in Austin. We have a correspondence Bible study in which the prisoner sends us his/her answer sheet from a lesson. We check it and provide corrections as needed and return the answer sheet along with the next lesson. There are two 12-step series of lessons, for which they receive a certificate when they complete the 12 lessons.

John Koenig
1 month ago

In my late teens through my 40s, I did lots of volunteer work ( Red Cross, EMT, Volunteer Firefighter, sailing instructor but that WAS a “different age” back then). Since becoming an RVer in 2010 (and a Full Timer in 2018) I don’t do as much volunteer work except when attending festivals or RV rallies (security, set up / clean up crews). I’ve never regretted volunteering my time and, over the years, have met many great people. To those who have never volunteered, give it a try, you might be surprised at how enjoyable it can be!

Richard Winchester
1 month ago

Yes, I volunteer at our local Schools 2 days a week and my wife and I at the local food distribution center.

Linda
1 month ago

Yes, but it is mostly for things going on at church.

Joe
1 month ago

I was a Boy Scout leader for 25+ years, Cub Master, Assistant Scout Master, and Scout Master. I grew up scouting, my father often got a award for the most helpful parent. I enjoyed it before I had my own children and after my last son went off to college. I decided to give it up due to the parents! Years ago for the most part parents were involved with their children and I had no problems getting help, as years went on parents were scarce and I would have to beg for help. At times I would find myself and maybe one other person at many fundraisers and many times trying to figure out how I was going to transport the boys. At one point I had to tell some parents that BSA does not stand for Baby Sitters of America, that did not go over well! Due to predators in society BSA has a rule that you cannot be one on one with another Scout, way too many times I was forced into that situation waiting for a late parents to pick up their son. It became clear that Scouts became a dumping ground

Gary G
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

YEP, been there done that.

Mitzi Agnew Giles and Ed Giles
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

Joe and Gary thank you for your work with Scouting. I’ll post my own experience after reading everyone else’s.

Leslie Schofield
1 month ago

We camp host 2-3 months a year. My husband also cooks dinner for 200 twice a week for our local Salvation Army; volunteers at our church making sure all maintenance contracts, inspections are done. I help with the financial needs of our church. He also helps with the women’s homeless shelter that is housed in the church undercroft. So camp hosting is like a vacation for us.

SStedman
1 month ago

No