Jump to content

Volunteering and SAHPing
How do you combine them?


  • Please log in to reply
25 replies to this topic

#1 MintyBiscuit

Posted 18 February 2013 - 05:40 PM

I was reading in another thread about some SAHMs who manage to do some volunteer work as well. Have you done it? How have you managed it? Is it a matter of finding volunteer positions where you can take your kids it's you, or doing it during non business hours so your partner can look after the kids? Or are you getting child care/babysitting?
I'd love to be doing some volunteer work now that DS is a bit more settled and I have some more time, but I have no idea how to juggle both.

ETA - This feels like one of those questions that might be a bit dopey, so please be kind wink.gif

Edited by HollyOllyOxenfree, 18 February 2013 - 05:41 PM.


#2 Peridot

Posted 18 February 2013 - 05:46 PM

I volunteer with the Tasmanian Ambulance Service, and have been doing so for nearly a year now original.gif
We do training and can go up the levels which is exciting and I really value it.. The things I've learnt are life saving, literally! We can do virtually everything a paramedic can do, bar a few high up things like administer morphine and put in canulas.
I do my shifts when my partner or mother in law can have the girls original.gif

#3 Coffeegirl

Posted 18 February 2013 - 05:49 PM

Depends on what type of volunteering I guess.

I know SAHMs who volunteer through their children's school.  Canteen duty, reading, weekly kids banking etc.   so they just do them duirng school hours and their children are already in school.  A couple others have shift working partners so they volunteer when their husbands are hime to watch younger kids.


I volunteered at a local nursing home when my DS was a baby.  It was an adopted a grandparent program.  They set me up with a lovely lady whose children were just too far away to visit regularily, so we took their place.  It worked well for us as my own parents lived overseas and my IL's were not terribly involved.

The lady we were paired with just lit up when we came to visit.  We aimed for a catchup every fortnight at a minumum, if not more.  I just had to ring the staff a few hours before to ensure it was a good day/time.



#4 amabanana

Posted 18 February 2013 - 05:56 PM

I used to help prepare, cook and serve a large luncheon for people who live alone.  I brought DD along and she would play in the other room and entertain the oldies.  They loved having her there as many of them rarely saw their (great) grandchildren or family and were isolated from their community.  DD loved the attention so it was win win.   biggrin.gif  Unfortunately I can't fit it into my crazy schedule now but I'd love to do it again when I can.  I'm very interested to see what everyone else gets up to.

#5 feralisles

Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:01 PM

I joined WIRES when my first child was a baby.  I care for native animals at home, in my own time, and fit it in around kids (and my paid work as well).  I love it, but it does get hectic at times!

My kids really love it too, especially now they are old enough to help.  I think it is good for kids to see the adults around them giving something back to the community.

#6 caitiri

Posted 19 February 2013 - 06:45 AM

My DH is a shift worker so I do my volunteering when he is home.  I volunteer for a community information referral service

#7 GenWhy

Posted 19 February 2013 - 06:50 AM

I'm a volunteer ambo and firie. I also work part time. I'm allowed to take the kids with me on weekends as they have a play area. On call outs or training nights my DH has the kids.

#8 JustBeige

Posted 19 February 2013 - 07:22 AM

I volunteered for the kids school in primary.  I also did meals on wheels with mum when they were 3-4.   This was an awesome thing for them as they just loooooved going and knocking and delivering the food.    tbh, It was a bit of a PITA having to unstrap and restrap int he car seats all the time, but between mum and myself we managed because the kids just loved it and so did the majority of the clients.  They also didnt get out for every client, just a few special ones.

I also am volunteering in an ongoing community project.

Try your local neighbourhood centre to see what they have available.  or you could call Volunteering Australia and have a chat regarding doing something that is kid friendly.

#9 CalEliKat

Posted 19 February 2013 - 07:24 AM

I am P and C president - I manage the staff in the canteen and before and after school care, I liaise with the school - often this takes up 25 hours of a normal week.  Lots of it I can do from home but I am around the school a bucketload.

#10 Tall Poppy

Posted 19 February 2013 - 07:33 AM

I volunteer for the Australan Breastfeeding Association (ABA) & we all bring our kids along to different events, training etc. There has been many a laugh as a result.

When calls are placed to the helpline the counsellors are at home & may have their kids with them. I'm not on the helpline but, many counsellors have some hilarious stories to tell about helpline.

The ABA very much encourages & accomodates families in their volunteer work. It is not at all out of place to bring yor kids.

#11 Ianthe

Posted 19 February 2013 - 07:35 AM

I study by correspondence and have my youngest in preschool two days a week. So I can volunteer around office hours.

I'm the treasurer for the school P & C too, meetings are at night and if anyone needs me any other time we text (and vice versa)

#12 tickly_rain

Posted 19 February 2013 - 07:36 AM

I've volunteered through school for a few years - staff didn't mind my younger children being there as they'd sit happily playing, listen to the children read or participate if it was appropriate.

I've also been on various committees, most of which meet in the evening when DH is home.

I convene a support group for people with a specific chronic illness and am also a phone contact for newly diagnosed families.  I'd make the calls when my youngest was asleep or my mum was visiting.

I also sew lots of things for charity groups - dolls for children's hospital, pillow cases for oncology kids, etc.  This I can do at night / during children's sleep times.

I love volunteering and manage to fit it in with part-time work now too.  It's definitely possible - you just need to find something you're interested in / passionate about!

#13 Ice Queen

Posted 19 February 2013 - 07:38 AM

OP, with kids pre-kindy and pre-school age it is hard to find volunteering that suits without having to get some kind of childcare for them.

Before I had DS I did meals on wheels.  It only worked as I did it with a friend who also had a pre school age child.  The two of us were 'one' volunteer.  So one week I would do MOW, friend would babysit 2 kids, next week I would babysit, she would do MOW.  But I stopped when DS was born and now her kids are all at school and she works so I have noone to JV with.

I am going to start having a look around later this year for something that works within my hours, kids etc.

Edited by Ehill, 19 February 2013 - 07:39 AM.


#14 hunter4

Posted 19 February 2013 - 07:44 AM

Another meals on wheels voluteer here.  The kids (5 and 3 now but have been doing it since they were 3 and 1) go with me and yep it can be a pain in the ###@ getting them into and out of the car, but its definitely worth it.  The kids love visiting everyone and the old people love having them come for a visit.  As a PP said at some houses I can leave the kids in the car and just deliver the meal to the door, but other places the kids come in and have a great chat.  



#15 againagain

Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:09 AM

I volunteer at school. I can't do much in-class stuff as my toddler gets bored and interrupts too much.

I take her with me to canteen, counting school banking, I take books home to cover for the class and library, I do cake stall days and school fair etc.

#16 *LucyE*

Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:20 AM

A mix of all your suggestions.  I just went with whatever worked for that particular situation.

Since the arrival of #3, I haven't done any volunteering because it has been too difficult.  Our school tuckshop doesn't allow young children inside because of OHS issues.

#17 item

Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:25 AM

I've done a fair bit of volunteering as a SAHM, mostly admin stuff or organising events for NFP's.  So apart from a few phone calls during the day, the bulk of the work was done at home via email at night and during nap time etc.

ETA, I found organisations to give my time to privately, but you could look at http://volunteer.com.au/. Have a think about the skills and experience you bring from your working life - you might be surprised at the sort of volunteer roles out there.

Edited by in(s)ane, 19 February 2013 - 11:29 AM.


#18 MintyBiscuit

Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:28 AM

Thanks everyone, there are some ideas there that I hadn't thought of.

Meals on Wheels sounds like a good one, particularly as I only have one child to get in and out of a seat at the moment. And DS loves meeting new people so it could be good for him too. I'll get in touch with volunteering australia too and see what they can recommend



#19 ThatsNotMyName

Posted 19 February 2013 - 01:30 PM

Canteen at first which was easy as ours is sibling friendly. Now DD is in daycare 2 days a week while I'm studying so I'm currently doing a full day of volunteer work each week at the school on a day I have no classes (this term anyway).

#20 Feral_Pooks

Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:37 PM

Well, I am
A) on the waiting list to foster rabbits and guinea pigs.
B) currently sussing out whether I can run a young mums playgroup once a week, so DS can of course come along.
C) offering to help out at community house which has childcare I can pop DS into while I am busy, but this is likely to be only for a few hours every now and then.
D) doing some editing of online newsletters for a community group, which will again only be every now and then, and I can do evenings or when DS naps.

#21 JRA

Posted 19 February 2013 - 07:06 PM

As has been said, depends on what volunteering. When I was home and DS was not at school I did play group committee/president, and also local council stuff. This I did either with DS, when DS was sleeping, or at nights when dh was home.

Once he went to kinder school, it has included stuff at school - either in the classroom or dh running he school fair. Or other stuff like oxfam etc

#22 MintyBiscuit

Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:03 PM

QUOTE (in(s)ane @ 19/02/2013, 12:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
ETA, I found organisations to give my time to privately, but you could look at http://volunteer.com.au/. Have a think about the skills and experience you bring from your working life - you might be surprised at the sort of volunteer roles out there.


Had a look on here and found a position for a cake baking volunteer! Definitely surprised at that. Wll be meeting up with someone next week to have a chat and see if it's a good fit.
Thanks again everyone biggrin.gif

#23 Swelle

Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:04 AM

Volunteering at the toy library was a winner for me, my kids got to play with stack of toys, the committee was lots of fun and I really enjoyed it (still do the occasional shift for them now).
Kindy and school committees often need a hand.

#24 kpingitquiet

Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:10 AM

In my mind, the majority of SAHP who volunteer outside the home have school-aged children, but I could be wrong about that!

I've done a fair bit of work designing graphics and assisting in internet campaigns from home, though.

#25 Kay1

Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:43 AM

I have just been nominated the Grants and Submissions Officer for our school P&C. I often can't make P&C meetings because DH isn't home in time but this job I can do from home in my own time. original.gif I will also be doing reading groups at school this year and taking my baby with me.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Special Ticket Offer, Save $8!

The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!

Why I breastfed my son until he was three

The fact that I not only breastfed my son, but breastfed him for three and a half years, seems pretty incredible in retrospect.

Do babies and young children see ghosts?

Do babies and young children see ghosts? If you’ve pondered the question, you’re not alone.

15 years with Essential Baby: meet Therese

"Life has a funny way of giving you what you need when you need it the most."

Mum causes a stir by taking a stand against leggings

A mum has found herself the subject of debate after claiming tight bottoms cause lustful thoughts in men.

Don't set a parenting goal for 2015 - do this instead

The problem with goal setting as a parent is the measure. How do we really know if we’re succeeding?

5 pregnancy myths that just won't go away

When you're expecting, it often seems like everyone is keen to offer advice about what you should and shouldn't do in the interests of your health and wellbeing.

RPA hospital contacting mums after discovering vaccine storage fault

Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) is trying to contact women who had babies at the facility after discovering a fault in a refrigerator containing vaccines.

'Nutella' not a baby name, French court says

A French court has blocked parents from naming their baby girl after the hazelnut spread Nutella, arguing it would make her the target of mockery.

Why I'm never calling myself 'just a mum' again

I’ve grown three human beings. I feed them, dress them, teach them, care for them and love them 24 hours a day. Yet for eight years, when I meet new people and they’ve asked me what I do, I tell them: “I’m just a mum”.

Rosie Batty named 2015 Australian of the Year

One year ago, Rosie Batty could not have imagined she'd be where she is. Tonight the grieving mum who put domestic violence on the national agenda was named Australian of the Year.

Five reasons to hug more

Hugging – some of us thrive on it, even depend on it – and then there are those who don't care for it really. So, are they missing out?

Help - my three-year-old has started throwing tantrums

My daughter never went through the "terrible twos" but began throwing wild tantrums shortly after her third birthday.

That's commitment

First peek at Sonia Kruger's daughter Maggie

"She smells so good, I could eat her," Kruger tells co-host David Campbell.

Mum assists in own caesarean surgery

A mum who partly delivered her own twins during a caesarean has encouraged other women to take control of their birthing experience.

How to handle common childhood regressions

Regression can be a natural and common part of development prompted by a variety of factors, but that doesn't make it less frustrating.

Disgruntled dad's pram ad goes viral

When buying a second hand pram, there are lots of things to take into consideration. 

Man discovers he's a dad after finding 55-year-old letter

Discovering you are about to father a baby is startling enough - never mind finding out you have a 61-year-old son.

15 thoughts mums have during a tantrum

Ranging from mild to feral and triggered by events both minor and major, tantrums certainly keep life interesting.

Natural pain relief in the early stages of labour

While managing labour pains on your own can be daunting, there are a number of natural pain relief options to help you cope until you are admitted to hospital.

Win an Octonauts prize pack

To celebrate the launch of Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield, a spectacular underwater adventure live on stage, we are giving away an amazing Octonauts prize pack to one lucky fan.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Forgotten Baby Syndrome claims the life of toddler

One baby dies every eight days in the back of a car in the US, victims of 'forgotten baby syndrome'.

For a brief time, I was touched by an angel

For a brief time, I was touched by an angel. You stole my heart, and changed me into the women I am today.

Chinese woman gives birth to quintuplets

After six years of trying for a baby, a couple’s dreams have come true many times over after the mum gave birth to quintuplets this week.

Chrissie Swan has reached her "sex quota"

Chrissie Swan says she and her partner have sex once a year due to her fear of falling pregnant.

Stars help save choking babies

It's an important lesson to learn, but one that busy new mums and dads might overlook until it's too late.

New Girl star Zooey Deschanel pregnant

Actress Zooey Deschanel is expecting her first child with her producer boyfriend Jacob Pechenik.

16 times 'dad reflexes' saved the day

Of course, in some cases they may be the ones who actually got their child into a precarious position in the first place, but we'll ignore that for now.

Couple's 'non-traditional' pregnancy announcement goes viral

Knowing you are not the father of your pregnant wife's baby would usually indicate a rocky relationship ahead for traditional parents.

The trials and tribulations of identical triplet newborns

Pip Donnelly is still playing spot the difference with her newborn identical triplets, Isabelle, Georgina and Frankie.

Win an Octonauts prize pack

To celebrate the launch of Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield, a spectacular underwater adventure live on stage, we are giving away an amazing Octonauts prize pack to one lucky fan.

Earthquake baby thriving five years on

Jenny Alexis is lucky to be alive after spending four days buried in the rubble of the 2010 Haitian earthquake, but now she's a thriving five year old.

Please don't say I'm lucky because I was adopted

On the one hand I was having a regular life with friends and sports and sleepovers and school. But I was also always wondering: Did my mother love me? What was wrong with me?

An open letter to non-parents who offer advice on child-rearing

Kitty, when you’re the parent of my child you’re welcome to wade in with an opinion – but until then, I’d prefer you to have a supportive ear and a glass of wine ready.

Couple arrested over baby gun video

A US couple faces charges after investigators say they found mobile phone videos showing the woman's 12-month-old daughter putting a handgun in her mouth.

NSW Health dumps 10-year limit on frozen embryos

A 10-year time limit on storing frozen embryos that were created with donor sperm has been dropped by the NSW government.

How my happy-go-lucky husband became a monster

Sharan Nicholson-Rogers watched her husband change from a happy-go-lucky police officer into an unpredictable man prone to violent and emotional outbursts.

Dads-to-be experience hormonal changes, too

Dads-to-be experience hormonal changes in line with their pregnant partners, a new study shows.

'They were just doing their job': mum of toddler killed in police chase gone wrong

"They were just doing their job. I feel so sorry for them. It is all just too sad."

Miscarriages to be formally recognised by NSW government

Women who miscarry will be able to obtain an optional "recognition of loss" certificate as a formal recognition of their often heartbreaking loss.

Cafe cubby house 'too noisy' for neighbours

Teenage parties, domestic disputes, or raucous late night pubs are the things that usually come to mind when you think neighbourhood noise complaints.

Dad films baby playing with snake

Most parents would not consider a snake an appropriate playmate for their baby, but a US dad who filmed his daughter playing with a python has defended himself against criticism.

Clever breastfeeding products

Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.

 

Back to School Offer

Findababysitter.com.au

We've got you covered for this school year. Use www.findababysitter.com.au to meet local nannies now.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.