I appreciate the New York Times. I also used to look forward to the Alibi this alternative bi-weekly newspaper that is in Albuquerque. My home town Green Bay Press Gazette is also important to me. I do what I can to buy newspapers when possible as I think they are important, as not everyone has computers and it is easier to read something and draw your own inferences than TV or the internet which is much more visual. I also in the past have supported Amnesty International and Doctors Without Borders and local help lines for suicide crisis and volunteer reading programs. My small contribution is by buying a print newspaper on a regular basis.
Personally I have always been envious of people who are involved with rescue animals as I have a yearning for that. Although I have kept my distance or would be afraid I would have six small dogs and a lemur or something if I did volunteer there. I am also curious about the local gardening movement as I believe this will be something that sets off a positive groundswell of support for this. Currently I volunteer at my American Catholic church in Paris doing the smallest of art projects for the youth group. For instance I found the drawings for the Noah's Ark project that we start this Sunday. I found really beautiful drawings. I am kinda excited about it. Plus other small art projects. With a small child it is the max that I seem to be able to do. In the next years I would love to volunteer at a museum or an international program like the Red Cross. I harbor fantasies of attaching myself to a modern art museum in my old age and going to drawing groups and seeing obscure movies and helping out if they needed anyone.
My other fantasy at one point in my thirties was to go with Doctors Without Borders and I started trying to look into it and met with the group who had an exhibit in town and years later went to a lecture at the office in Paris. I am a medical person and love exploring cultures and travel and thought they seemed so cool. I just never could find the right avenue to sign up as it is fairly selective and it seems to be about having a connection or a special skill. Although I pondered it at one point. Also having worked with a doctor from Argentina who had been tortured and many of his friends in university disappeared or kidnapped I joined Amnesty international; he said sometimes the only thing he would get are their letters or brochures. So it is an important organizations. I used to give them money for several years.
Another thing that we do is although we have two cars we park one and I take public transport. It saves on maintanance and insurance and we hope to eventually sell the second car or give it to my husbands teen from his first marriage. So atlhough I do not compost or am involved in the bio movement of sorts I do my small part by trying to use less gas by using only one car. My longterm goal on this matter is to never own another car again and to just have one car if possible. It is not practicle for everyone if you live in the country or not in a big city where there is good public transport.
In the past I worked for seven years at a call center for mental health issues. The guy that organized and directed it was a old drummer from Country Joe and the Fish and he stays home now and is retired and we still talk on the phone frequently as we both have kind of a existential vibey way of communicating. Kinda free association that we both like to talk out ideas and figure stuff out together. I can call free through the internet to the USA. Than after that I volunteered at a reading program through a program that was funded by America Corp. The organizer had a severe hip defect and walked with braces and was a hoot and loads of fun. We kinda made it our kingdom on Sunday afternoons for seven or eight years until she finally moved on. We would mostly help homeless and other people with government paperwork and social security applications. Also newly released people from jail applying for jobs. That was all pre-computer for the most part. We were actually pretty busy and we always threw a fun christmas party on sunday afternoon and it was always a big success. So my two big volunteering experiences in my twenties and thirties were big successes for me and a lot of fun and only one afternoon a week for three or four hours.
So, overall now I try and buy and read print material as I believe it is important for everyone and look forward to possibly volunteering more seriously in the future.