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How do I find a career mentor in the archives/preservation field?

I've had difficulty finding a career mentor in the archives/preservation field because of a lack of local resources and the fact that I obtained my Masters degree online, which was rather 'alienating' and didn't really allow for the kind of student-professor relationship that blooms into recommendation letters and networking. Are there ways of seeking out (real, committed) mentors either online, or in my area (northern Virginia/Washington DC), preferably involving me providing volunteer work? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Jul 19, 2014 - 5 answers

Settling into the Renaissance City

We just moved to Providence. Help us get involved in it! [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Jul 9, 2014 - 8 answers

Media-based volunteering in the New York metro area?

Hey Internet. I'm a recent grad, and I loved the media-based extracurriculars I had in college (radio, newspaper, etc.). Do you know of any small media outfits (zines, indie newspapers, indie radio stations, off-beat special interest websites, etc.) that typically need volunteers in New York, New Jersey, or Philadelphia? I already know about WFMU. Thanks!
posted by topoisomerase on Jul 9, 2014 - 6 answers

What is the greatest impact I can make with volunteer or service work?

Suppose I want to do service or volunteer work, not just to have fun or meet people, but to really make the biggest, most necessary, most impactful, most meaningful change I can. What type of service work is that? I'm in Boston.
posted by htid on May 26, 2014 - 27 answers

Where can I find charitable organizations that need volunteer editors?

I'd like to donate some of my time to a charitable organization. The skill I have to offer is copywriting and editing. I can, obviously, do this remotely so the organization could be located anywhere in the world. What's the best way to locate organizations that might be interested in free writing and editing? Is this even a thing?
posted by ladybird on Apr 17, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me feed my 20-something wanderlust. Difficulty level: Wheelchair

I'm like every other post-college twentysomething in lots of ways: I make too little money, watch too much Netflix and indulge in an existential crisis oh, about once an hour. Also, like many in my cohort, I love the idea of packing up a ratty old duffel bag and heading off to some far corner of the world to taste, see and do all I can, while maybe giving myself either a leg to stand on once I return to the job market here or the warm-n-fuzzies that come from volunteering and/or service learning. All pretty standard fare. Here comes the doozy of snowflake: I'm in a wheelchair and have certain difficulties with speech fluency, owing to my CP and spastic diplegia diagnosis. Try as I might, I can't get myself to give up on the dream of spending a year or more abroad, even with all this in my way. Help me get there, oh beautiful hivemind? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jan 19, 2014 - 16 answers

Volunteering in NYC

I'd like to possibly do some volunteering. Specific requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by unannihilated on Dec 21, 2013 - 11 answers

The Peace Corps and Anxiety Disorders - mutually exclusive?

Does having a diagnosed anxiety disorder that requires, but is well managed by, medication, generally disqualify you from consideration for a Peace Corps post? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 16, 2013 - 9 answers

What's it like to be a RAINN online hotline volunteer?

I'm thinking of volunteering for the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, specifically their online hotline. Before I dive in, I'm hoping to find someone with RAINN (or comparable) experience who could speak a little beyond what's on the website as to the day-to-day of working on the online hotline, if I should expect much contact with other volunteers or paid staff, favorite/least favorite parts, anything to know going in, etc. [more inside]
posted by jameaterblues on Nov 26, 2013 - 7 answers

How should I spend $3000? Need to thank 1000 volunteers

I work for a fledgling non-profit. We have 1000 volunteers spread throughout the state but most people are in the capital. We hold a barbecue once a year and inevitably, it's here in the city. Most of our social events, meetings etc are here in the city. Now we're coming up to the end of the year, I really want t thank everyone for their hard work. The thing we're doing is socially, historically and politically significant. It's an uphill battle for many because we're breaking long and tightly held tradition and often its the people outside of the big city who deal with the most resistance (therefore, do the hardest work and with least support). 1. What are some good things you've done or seen to thank volunteers in general? 2. What can I do to include those who are out of the city? I have $3000 to spend.
posted by stellathon on Nov 18, 2013 - 6 answers

soup kitchen volunteers! can you lend me your recipes, menus, & advice?

I am part of a group that regularly gets together to cook and serve meals at a soup kitchen. Our amazing group leader of many years recently passed away very, very unexpectedly, and we have been struggling somewhat in his absence -- he always just kept everything in his head: set menus, what to buy and how much, where to get the best price on stuff, etc. Can you help us put everything back together? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Nov 14, 2013 - 18 answers

Ways To Help People in Need with Writing or Film Skills?

St. Louis friend trained as a writer and filmmaker wants to use his skills to help people in need/suffering. Does anyone in the area (the city, or St. Louis County) know of any volunteering options for him? He already has an office job, but career suggestions would be welcome, though I think volunteering is more of an immediate interest. National and local organizations anyone knows of in the area are welcome. Thanks!
posted by Locative on Nov 4, 2013 - 6 answers

Strategies and Methods for Coping With a Sucky Volunteer Position

How can I better cope with being treated as an undervalued employee when I am only a volunteer? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Oct 8, 2013 - 20 answers

Immerse me in Spanish

Hi! I'm a public-interest lawyer who would like to spend 1-2 months traveling and improving my Spanish-language skills, and I would love any suggestions or experiences you'd care to share. [more inside]
posted by granted on Sep 3, 2013 - 1 answer

LGBTQ+ activism/volunteering while studying abroad in Barcelona?

I'm studying abroad this fall in Barcelona with pretty workable Spanish but very limited Catalan, and I'd love to do some work/activism/volunteering/organizing around queer or related issues (HIV/AIDS, youth development, homelessness, etc.) while I'm there. Is this possible given my language limitations? [more inside]
posted by kylej on Jul 29, 2013 - 4 answers

Looking for one-off volunteering suggestions and resources.

I'm going to have two weeks' holiday time in September and I'd like to spend some of it volunteering on some kind of useful project. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by neilb449 on May 19, 2013 - 6 answers

Answering the annoying "what do you do" question, and then some

I recently inherited enough money that will allow me to not work again. I still want to do things - volunteer, help others, keep busy, etc. How do I explain this to others and answer questions that people ask? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 10, 2013 - 54 answers

1-2 month ~plan~

I have some money saved up and I want to move to a new city for a couple of months and just volunteer/intern/work there before I go back to school for my last semester in the fall. Can you give me some advice about where might be best to go and what ideas are more reasonable than others? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu on Mar 29, 2013 - 12 answers

Volunteer Teaching in NYC

I am looking to do volunteer work in New York and was hoping to do something that would engage me like teaching. This could include tutoring, GED classes, SAT classes, job hunting, etc. I have a BFA and an MBA so I think I could be fairly versatile. I am hoping for specific suggestions I could pursue. Thanks!
posted by azoth on Feb 19, 2013 - 7 answers

Where can we volunteer for Valentine's Day in SF?

I'm looking for a one-off volunteering opportunity in San Francisco on V-Day evening. Why is this so hard to find? Do they just think no one will want to volunteer that night? [more inside]
posted by iadacanavon on Feb 2, 2013 - 7 answers

What can I do in my free time which could lead to a job?

What qualifications (certifications, skills, volunteer experiences, etc.) can I realistically pick up, for free, without actually being employed in the field which they would qualify me for? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 29, 2013 - 9 answers

Am I cut out for volunteering abroad?

I have a golden opportunity to volunteer in rural Nepal for 3 months with an established organisation. I was excited at first as I've never been to a developing country before, but now I'm terrified that I'll die in a bus accident/food poisoning/rabies/political uprising, or just not cope with lack of technology, contact with home, electricity etc. Are such fears normal, or are these signs that I probably wouldn't enjoy this and should consider not going? [more inside]
posted by pikeandshield on Jan 26, 2013 - 25 answers

Have you volunteered at a zoo?

Have you ever volunteered at a zoo? What did you do? [more inside]
posted by xyzzy on Dec 28, 2012 - 17 answers

The world is one big oyster

7 months to spare before starting med school – help me plan an adventure somewhere abroad. [more inside]
posted by pikeandshield on Dec 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Remedial Resume Resources.

Resume 101, now with Extra Snowflakes! Spotty work-history, useless degrees, and no idea whatsoever how to actually *write* one of the things. [more inside]
posted by Because on Nov 30, 2012 - 8 answers

What would an early 50's man with MS like to volunteer for?

What would an early 50's man with MS like to volunteer for? [more inside]
posted by jander03 on Aug 16, 2012 - 7 answers

Can I spend £1k doing something useful in exotic supply chains?

Volunteering abroad; three week Supply-Chain-project filter [more inside]
posted by citands on Jul 16, 2012 - 3 answers

Where should we spend our volunteer time?

My husband and I (both engineers) are looking to volunteer about 6 months of our time abroad. Where should we be looking? [more inside]
posted by TessaGal on Jul 5, 2012 - 7 answers

I know what I'm passionate about but I don't know how to get there

The other day, I had a moment that was both a moment of clarity and a moment of existential crisis. I'm having some difficulty with figuring out how to take my life from where I am now to where I want to be and I could use some guidance, some advice (sorry for the long post). [more inside]
posted by Modica on Jun 23, 2012 - 8 answers

Another 20-something stuck in a rut

I'm an underemployed 20-something stuck in a rut. Input needed, special snowflake details within. [more inside]
posted by constellations on Jun 22, 2012 - 7 answers

Looking for non-religious volunteer work in the Pittsburgh area

What kinds of volunteer work could I do that might give opportunities to get to know others, particularly in the Pittsburgh area? [more inside]
posted by Ryogen on Jun 4, 2012 - 10 answers

Looking for places to travel to to learn, volunteer, study, or challenge myself.

I'm looking for ideas for anywhere in the world where I can travel to for periods of between 2 weeks to 2 months and do things like volunteer, study, learn, or challenge myself. [more inside]
posted by anawesomeguy on Jun 1, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me give my writers their due!

How do I ensure that the people who are contributing content to my site are getting enough credit? [more inside]
posted by thatbrunette on May 30, 2012 - 1 answer

Im here to volunteer, not get in your pants.

Stuck in Nepal and need a volunteering job that doesn't suck! [more inside]
posted by phytage on May 24, 2012 - 6 answers

Summer Activities for College Student

What are some ways a guy who just finished his first year of college and is home in New York City for the "summer" ("summer" = 3 months + 10 days) might expand his social life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 23, 2012 - 2 answers

Where to volunteer in Austin, Texas?

Needed: Austin-area non-profits at which to volunteer my time. [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on May 19, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me help them.

A city in my area was hit by a tornado last night. How do I volunteer to help with the aftermath? [more inside]
posted by ThisKindNepenthe on Apr 15, 2012 - 8 answers

How to WWOOF not quite forever?

Six months in the UK sandwiched between continental European travel for an American WWOOFer who'd rather not get visas if she can possibly avoid it. Your tips? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2012 - 5 answers

Crowdsource volunteering?

Help me find interesting projects that are crowdsourcing data entry to support research / scholarship. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Mar 15, 2012 - 4 answers

What's it like being a UN Volunteer?

Have you or anyone you know ever been a United Nations Volunteer? What is it like? [more inside]
posted by naoko on Feb 24, 2012 - 8 answers

How can I get more RAM for our school's slow computers?

How can I come up with 250 sticks of 1GB DDR2 PC2-4200 RAM? (Our local high school has 150 PCs running Window 7 with just 1GB of RAM.) [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Feb 1, 2012 - 16 answers

Post-college volunteer opportunities?

Post-college volunteer programs besides Americorps? [more inside]
posted by huskerdont on Jan 4, 2012 - 12 answers

How to help the hungry?

Asking for a friend: What is the best thing a typical person could do to combat food insecurity in children in the United States? [more inside]
posted by reren on Dec 30, 2011 - 14 answers

What's the best volunteering?

How can I best evaluate volunteer opportunities? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Nov 18, 2011 - 8 answers

Trying to fight off future Gimme Pigs.

We want our kids to have some kind of real Christmas experience this year instead of focusing on themselves and all the commercialism. Of course there are some details that need to be worked around. [more inside]
posted by TooFewShoes on Nov 17, 2011 - 50 answers

what do you think organizers are looking for in volunteers to a large techy conference?

What do you think that organizers are asking for in volunteers to a large techy conference? [more inside]
posted by hitchcockblonde on Oct 30, 2011 - 5 answers

LGBT-related volunteering in NYC?

What are some volunteer opportunities in NYC that involve working with the LGBT community? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Oct 25, 2011 - 12 answers

Where can I help others for my own questionable mental health purposes?

Where can I volunteer at a soup kitchen (or similar organization) in NYC *this weekend*, as a last-minute thing? [more inside]
posted by Eshkol on Oct 14, 2011 - 8 answers

Smart Charity Work for an Experienced Coach

Looking for "smart charity" options for a senior, well-educated citizen with a big network. [more inside]
posted by lord_yo on Sep 27, 2011 - 9 answers

I already work for you for free!

Can you help me navigate a conflict situation regarding differing expectations for my responsibilities as a volunteer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 4, 2011 - 23 answers

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