One of the rescue group's new volunteers recently told the FC that she would no longer be helping out. The reason she gave? "I can't afford it right now."
Our group is basically the only one in the area that DOESN'T actively solicit funds from its volunteers. Sure, if you've got some extra cash, we'll be glad to use it (FOR THE KITTIES), but what we're really looking for is people's time.
Time to do foster care.
Time to help out at adoption events.
Time to list cats and events on craigslist and on local community websites.
Time to bake cookies for one of our fundraising bake sales.
If you can't AFFORD to bake cookies, just help out at the sale. Okay? Thanks. We'll even give you a ride there.
So, okay, this lady's excuse is total bullsh*t. Which is fine, I mean, whatever, if you don't wanna help, that's okay, but it's left the rest of us volunteers wondering what was so awful about us that she quit our group after three events.
Was it when I grabbed a pair of scissors off the Agway shelf and asked J to cut my hair? (Thanks, J, I needed a trim!)
Was it when J and I got bored and put harnesses and leashes on the cats and paraded them around the store? (The cats loved it, I SWEAR. Well, some of them did.)
Was it when J and I got into a (very) lively discussion about what, EXACTLY, a "Bully Stick" dog treat is?
Hmmm ... I'm starting to see a pattern here ... It's J and I, isn't it? We scared her away.
Come back, volunteer! We'll tone it down!
Oh, who am I kidding? Hey, when you're sitting at an adoption event/bake sale/whatever for FOUR HOURS at stretch, things can get ... odd. Leave a woman who wears men's underwear and collects deer skulls and a lady with purple hair to their own devices, and things can get interesting.
So here's a question. Did you ever start volunteering for a group and then suddenly quit? If so, why?
Was it me?
Because now I'm wondering.