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totally of the craft subject and maybe a bit cotroversial but I do need outside opinions both pro and con. Recently I discovered an organization that supports a cause that i truly believe in. they are just finally getting organized but they need volunteers desperately. I have alot of time on my hands and feel that i could really help push this organization to their goal,however Iam conflicted. I dont mind devoting my time to something i feel so strongly about but i also want to make sure my family is protected. It seems like everytime you stick your neck out someone wants a shot at chopping it off. The volunteer position would be a big responsibility, but only lasting maybe 1 1/2 years if things go as plan. any ideas on how i can make this decision easier? there are volunteeer positions that are not such a big responsibility but im a grab the bull by the horns kinda gal!

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10 replies since 6th October 2010 • Last reply 6th October 2010

How would your family not be protected by you volunteering with this organisation?

I say do it! We need more people like you in the world that are willing to give up there time to help out and not expect anything in return (although I'm sure you'll get a lot of stuff out of it, like the thrill and thought of helping others).

It might be a lot of your time that you'll have to give up and as long as you haven't got important job deadlines that you might miss because of it then go for it girl!! Happy

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I don't know what type of charity you're trying to join...but if any of my questions ended in "would my family be protected", I would put it down and walk away. Nothing is more important than your family. You make sure your family is taken care of THEN you can take care of the world. Charity starts at home...

Now if this organization doesn't negatively affect your family, then go for it! I just don't see how an organization that negatively impacts the families of it's members can be good. Doesn't make sense to fix one problem by causing another.

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thus why im so conflicted, if it were a charity it might be different but its a little more controversial than that! thanks ladies...i think i will put my time to volunteering where it wont impact our lives so much..weve always keep to ourselves, I guess i just needed an outside rant!

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you're not planning on blowing up a building or protesting at military funerals are you?

I love volunteerings. Its one of my hobbies- I volunteer for the state historical park that is near my house as a historian. I've also volunteered at the botanical gardens, the summer art fair, raising money for the children's hospital and other various activities over the years.

If you were thinking of volunteering and being a fanatic, then I have to tell you- very few fanatics ever win their cause. In fact, I think I can only recall one in American History- The Women's Rights Movement. And that only was considered fanatic because Alice Paul protested a War Time President and then went on a hunger strike after being imprisoned and they force fed her. But protesting against abortion with signs that have dead babies plastered on them rarely get the positive reaction that Alice Paul's fast did.

What's the cause if you don't mind me asking?

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I completely got the wrong end of the stick there. I thought it was a charity. If it's going to affect the family in anyway I wouldn't be so optimistic!...

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I definatly agree with Dessah, what good will come out of a job that puts your family and people assosiated with you at risk?

There are many MANY more worthwhile charities and voluntary positions where you can impact on people's lives positively whilst not putting your family at risk.

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I, for one, cannot see myself criticizing whatever it is that you are thinking about doing, as long as it's not, say, part of a terrorist organization. If it makes you feel better, I have very conservative parents and very liberal friends, and see both sides of pretty much everything. I'm sure others here also would not criticize you, if you really want to let it out. If you are still unsure about telling everyone but would like/need to discuss it further, you can message me privately.

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nothing terrorist...! its just gathering signatures but its still politics!

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The only thing I can advise you on is consider your future and how your involvement may be seen by potential a employer.
It's good to campaign for causes you believe in strongly just consider that your point of view may not be shared and could potentially bar you from things in the future.
Good luck Happy

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I think that if you have any doubt that your family isnt safe dont do it. after all hobbies can be replaced your loved ones can not.

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