DEV Community

Discussion on: Do You Volunteer?

krkd profile image

Yes, I do.

I'm donating my time and expertise as IT-person to a group of people who work together with a big local charity. They help refurbish desktops and laptops, provide basic training for using the Internet or document editing for people who are suffering from mental health issues, long-term illnesses or are looking to re-enter the job market after incarceration. Additionally they help out with computer-related maintenance work with other charitable groups and so on.

Unfortunately, due to the necessary cooperation with the big charity there is an unholy amount of administrative work involved, making the operation slow and inefficient. I've got nearly a dozen computers stored at home that I'd like to donate, which are waiting for approval. It's a source of great frustration.

Because of that I'm looking to expand my activities as volunteer, but it turns out that this is harder than I had hoped for. It doesn't help that I'm sadly disqualified for a lot of areas where more volunteers are direly needed. But I nonetheless hope to be able to contribute my share, even more so in the future.

murrayvarey profile image
MurrayVarey Author

Sorry to hear about your frustrations. That's a real shame.

Still, offering your computing expertise sounds like a great way to give back. It's one of the questions I've been weighing up -- use my existing knowledge, or do something completely different.

Good luck in your search.