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Discussion on: Do you volunteer? Why/why not?

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Richard Schloss

Does contributing to open-source software count as volunteering? I'm doing all of that for free, but it's out of pure joy. It's for the love of interacting with the entire world. Open source has opened my mind like never before. For so long, I've been closed-source, but it is a huge thrill to have people from EVERY culture, EVERY country chime in with ideas. It's like the best "job" I've ever had in my life. No interviews or resumes. Anyone who wants to help is IN. When money comes in the form of opencollective or donations, it makes its fair rounds.

But, I guess, aside from software, I used to volunteer more at an animal shelter and a local farm. I have a soft spot for animals I guess. Sometimes I get really busy and can't volunteer as much, but it definitely feels good to volunteer.

Habitat for Humanity for just a day was also fun a long time ago. Considering all the people out there who want to get involved in rebuilding houses, why wouldn't more people take advantage of this? You get to learn how to build a house, and the pdf manual is free.

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Harshana Serasinghe

Hey Richard, I really love to know more about the projects that you contribute. I'd like to contribute as well.

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Richard Schloss

That'd be really cool! I know I have some ideas that just need to be formulated better. I'll keep you in mind!

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Cristina Ruth Author

That is awesome that you're able to contribute to open source and that you've volunteered around animals and building houses! 🙂

I myself have participated in a Habitat for Humanity and it was interesting how much work building a wall requires. 😁

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Richard Schloss

We painted doors and walls, and took a lot longer than I thought it would. But I now have a new appreciation for people who do that every day.