As I mentioned earlier, I’m pretty involved in school. There’s a lot of committees, events, and service projects around. Some of those things I would put my heart and soul into them. Then there’s others that I couldn’t care less about. Last, there’s things that I simply don’t want to do. There’s usually sign-up sheets for these. If I don’t want to do them, then I don’t sign up. Sometimes I still recieve a phone call or am personally asked to volunteer for something, even if I didn’t sign up. This usually happens when not enough people sign up. When this happens I am put in an awkward position. If I say no, I don’t want to be self-centered. If I say yes, then I doing something that I originally avoided for a reason.* Or, is the organization or the person in charge of the committee/event/project at fault? Personally, if I was in charge of something (and I have, a few times) I would just cancel an event/project or get rid of the committee, if there was a large lack of interest. I wouldn’t want to pressure someone to do something they don’t want to do. Or worse, they show up and do a half-assed job or cause drama.
*common reasons why I don’t volunteer
-I think I would suck at what I’m being asked to do. Like handling money or budget.
-I think environment/conditions are dangerous.
-The event or project conflicts with my schedule.
-I have to commit too early, like a several weeks before the project or event. I like keeping my options open.
-This sounds bad, but I’m being real. The “wrong” people sign up.