Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Volunteering, A Sunset Industry?



Ele at homepaddock highlights National Volunteer Week.

I am more than a little concerned and somewhat bemused at how things are actually going.

In short they arn't.

Volunteering for community service is just another casualty of WELFARE.

In past years we had Red Cross, Banardoes,  Churches, Lodges, Credit Unions, Cooperatives, Trade Unions, WDFF and others looking out for those who were threatened with deprivation, nearly always through no fault of their own and it was all done by volunteers for free.
Illness, disease, early death, job loss, among the many visitations from Fate.
All those opportunities for good works are either in decline from apathy, been ripped of by the unscrupulous or taken over as a vehicle to political power, sometimes facets of all three.

Today we have a culture based on "I'm alright Jack" that leaves service clubs, community charity, fire parties and ambulance among them, maintaining services with an ever diminishing number of volunteers.

Every incident in need of assistance c2014 will have as a first point of call  "what will the gummint do", never apparently "what could I do either to assist or to selfhelp.
A body found dead in a flat, an assault victim on a pavement with people just walking past, a crying child, outright begging on city streets, piles of clothing and functioning goods sent to landfill, just don't get involved.

So much of voluntary community care has been subsumed by welfare and yet many still claim all we need to do to solve problems is to throw more money at them.

All that money and effort to produce The Glenn report and what was delivered.
Confirmation of what we all knew about causes and results and bugger all about remedies.
The family Court process and decisions have been exposed as counterproductive so many times, what chance any change, very little as defenders are already out in force.
Anyway was it news to anyone.

I collect for many charities as part of my service club membership and a couple of points emerge;

My Service Club has raised nearly a million dollars in the  decade and a half I have been a member and what was the Governments response.
 More bureaucracy and regulation apparently to ensure we didn't defraud any one, and all the time who were creating and perpetrating frauds on the voters while seeking access to the Crown Limmos.

Most people in need will cheerfully donate and most in comfort walk by without any acknowledgement.
The "flasher" and more pretentious the vehicle  the less the prospect of a donation.

Many of the established "name" charities employ 'Fundraisers' who manage to convert as much as 90% of the funds collected to "Costs" and "overheads".

Just getting members to join Rotary, Lions, Jaycees et al becomes harder with each year that passes, as the disconnect and aversion overcome any residual desire to assist in a community.

Just another unintended consequence of welfare.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Everything you say is true. Twenty one years in Lions and in the end finished because I wasn't there to be some lazyboys lacky. every project became a nightmare of councils and RMA's or OSH. People gave up helping themselves and just wanted handouts. Begging letters week after week.
Rather let them ask the pokiemen or Lotto than give up my time.
Clubs in the BOP are struggling these days. shame really. They were fun times and good times.

Edward the Confessor said...

Yeah it's all coz of WELFARE! Not because people have to work 60 hr weeks just to get by, and right-wingers obsession with free markets an individualism. There's no such thing as society, after all. Idiot.

mark said...

But said Thatcher there is no such thing as society and here you are complaining.

tom hunter said...

My wife delivered breakfast food to poor families every Monday morning for a few years, until the start of the Breakfast in Schools programme when the men and women who had done this were told they were no longer needed.

Oh, and can you please, please bring back Judge Holden. His wit was as low as EtC's but he at least had a small measure of panache.

Edward the Confessor said...

"My wife delivered breakfast food to poor families every Monday morning for a few years, until the start of the Breakfast in Schools programme when the men and women who had done this were told they were no longer needed."

Oh your poor wife, Tom! That's disgusting. Fancy poor people no longer needing her charity!

tom hunter said...

So you don't like private charity EtC? You want the government to do the job instead?

Edward the Confessor said...

"You want the government to do the job instead?"

Yep, by and large, when it comes to alleviating poverty. Charity has its place, what I find funny is your outrage at your wife's efforts being rendered unnecessary - what if there were no poor people? Wouldn't that be awful?

tom hunter said...

Yep, by and large, when it comes to alleviating poverty.
So you agree with "gravedodger" in this case, the government destroyed individual's efforts to help society but you're okay with that, whereas if it had been destroyed by "60 hour weeks", e.g "free market capitalism", that would be bad.

Reaching Thatcher's supposed objective of there's no such thing as society is actually fine with you, just not via her right-wing capitalist methods.

Glad we cleared that up.

Edward the Confessor said...

Are you and idiot, Tom, or do you just think that everyone else is? State agencies and democratic institutions are an embodiment of civil society. Only RWNJ's deny this in their lust for low taxes and minimal regulation. Hence the shrieking about some voluntary being made unnecessary by programmes which alleviate poverty.

tom hunter said...

State agencies and democratic institutions are collectives - which can overwhelm the individual in a society, sometimes in the nicest way and for the best reasons.

If we're going to talk about individualism you might also acknowledge the driver of "do your own thing hedonism very much pushed by LWNJ's over the last few decades. I would say that's had every bit as much of an impact on volunteering as any capitalist impulse or government takeover.

But it does not obviate gravedodger's original point.

BTW it's Are you an idiot - idiot :)

gravedodger said...

Go easy on Backward, Tom when the spittle flies he get vision problems.

"Hence the shrieking about some voluntary being made unnecessary by programmes which alleviate poverty."

You dont need to affirm you are a retard Confusor, I am addressing the still very necessary community survival processes covered by volunteers.
Most of which can never be covered by government big or small with taxes.

Edward the Confessor said...

"State agencies and democratic institutions are collectives"

Well duh. What's the definition of society?

"I am addressing the still very necessary community survival processes covered by volunteers."

Nothing to do with WELFARE then. It's the ideology of individualist Tom Hunter that's killed that. There's virtue in selfishness after all.

tom hunter said...

If there are pockets of very necessary community survival" then you've already admitted that you love the idea of the state pushing into those areas.

So it is "Welfare" that will kill these voluntary efforts if it's not resisted - and you've clearly stated that you won't resist but all encourage it.

BTW, there's nothing more "individualist" than a left winger who wants to be left alone to decide what they want to do with their bodies when it comes to drugs, sex and general hedonism. Nothing collective about that at all, but I'm sure that any negative effects on society can at least be kept in check - probably with new welfare schemes.