Posted by: Squeak
Posted: 22nd Jul 2011
I work full time and with so many charities demanding attention and many have hidden agendas, so I feel I must be informed before donating my money. I know of one prominent hospitality chain with their own charity that supports Christian camps for homosexual children to 'pray the gay away'. The thought I might inadvertently support something so against my views chills my blood.
Without the time to be informed, however, I restrict myself to prominent charities or those I'm aware of, and I trust that most big charities have local groups working to help local people.
That said, as a teacher I work constantly in my local community, and donate so much time outside of my working hours - which when I consider how much I get paid an hour, the time I donate is worth a lot (almost 20% on top of my working hours - each week - through 'breaks' like recess and lunch when I could be eating or using the toilet or sitting down for the first time all day).
Parents who offer even a little bit of time here and there are so rare now - for our drama production, we had no parent volunteers so *teachers* bought and sewed the costumes, prepared the sets, designed, printed the programmes and tickets - everything.
Parents who help support the school support their kids as they aim for bigger and brighter things are the greatest resource of any school. Reply