Be of service. Whether you make yourself available to a friend or co-worker, or you make time every month to do volunteer work, there is nothing that harvests more of a feeling of empowerment than being of service to someone in need. Gillian Anderson
RUDE volunteers our time on-line and in the community contributing in small ways to making things better.
Last week it was National Volunteer Week in Australia. We both had a bit of a think about volunteering and what it means to us. And we engaged in some discussions with others online.
We knew years ago that if we were going to volunteer it had to be different. We did not want to work for a boss cocky [paid or unpaid] of the volunteer brigade. We did not want to be scheduled and expected to work a roster. We did not want to be volunteering creative ideas to an organisation, for some paid manager to claim as his/her own.
How were RUDE ever going to volunteer if we did not go along with the usual volunteer model. We tried to ‘fit-in’ but it did not work. Beat The Man types do not fit comfortably into a working for The Man model of volunteering.
As with all things RUDE undertakes, volunteering had to be rude around the edges. We just decided to do it our way. We are using the KISS [keep it simple silly] Principle. We are happy to volunteer our time repairing things for targeted others. All it takes is an email or telephone call by us or to us. No meetings to discuss all the perceived issues before doing something. Basically it’s about goodwill, reaching out and doing.
Our volunteering is usually self initiated and self directed. And our area of interest is repair, in an effort to keep well made and useful things out of landfill. We also have the freedom to say no, if a request to volunteer does not suit us.
We consider ourselves successful in many ways and do not expect anything in return. There is little what’s in it for us, other than to share the joy of repair with others. This gives us enormous satisfaction. And we enjoy engaging with people minus any organisational agenda.
This week we went to Dimboola in Victoria where RUDE Boy volunteered his time to get a vintage printing machine operating.
RUDE Boy is happy to repair
Volunteers unite to repair in Dimboola
RUDE Girl ouside the front entrance to the Printing Museum in Dimboola
This Sunday we are volunteering our time to travel to Toongabie in Victoria. RUDE Boy will be assessing a printing machine that is being sold on the condition that it is repairable.
RUDE Boy went to visit a friend this week and his flat screen TV was on the floor and not working properly. Danny assessed it all day yesterday, determining that it was overheating. A simple fix requires him to drill holes in the back cover for air to pass through.
RUDE Girl volunteers her time to write about and video our venturesome volunteering stories. I am keen to network with, and promote others who care enough to make things better.
In the photo above [and in this little 40 second video] RUDE Girl wears scavenger style. I like to promote the reuse and repair of textiles on our travels. My cloche hat is made from a fulled woollen cardigan. All that I am wearing has been rescued from the textile bin at the point of landfill. The cardigan has been patched and mended.
Beat The Man and consider venturesome volunteering!