I volunteered for an event today. For the first time in all of my volunteering, I left early and I didn't let anyone know when I left. I was so over it. I gave them 6 hours out of the 9 I was signed up for. I like volunteering for events and maybe I've been spoiled because I've worked so many up in Seattle for really established charities. This group has only been doing this event for 4 years so that's not really a lot of time in the grand scheme of things. Nobody there knew or remembered my name so I'm pretty sure it wasn't noticed. Especially since they kept moving me from place to place.
I was already annoyed when I realized I had to get there at 9:00 this morning and yet the event didn't start until 11:30. I'm cool with helping set up events but did we really need 2 1/2 hours for set up? No. I got there at 9 and the coordinator for my area wasn't there. She eventually showed up and then left me again. And ultimately we were ready like 45 minutes early. Time wasted. It also bothered me that they were charging for the kids' activities. It was only 50 cents to do a game and they had some good donated prizes but for some of the games the 50 cents seemed chintzy. Plus it then meant you had to have a ton of change which we didn't.
I got shifted around to various jobs during the day because they had way too many volunteers for the barely used kids' area so they kept moving me places. They needed help at the live auction. Turns out they didn't need help and I hung around there for freaking ever. The problem with the live auction was that they were doing like one item between each band playing. Seriously, how can you draw a crowd to check out the live auction if it is just like a commercial? And there wasn't enough of a crowd for the 4 volunteers they pulled from other areas to watch the crowd.
Eventually I got moved again and this time it was to trying to sell fully cooked briskets outside the store whose parking lot we were in. After they decided to move the brisket sale to someplace else I ducked out and just didn't get with the group. They had like 5 of us there trying to sell these briskets (mostly unsuccessfully honestly). By then I was overheated and totally done with it. I just felt like the whole thing was a disorganized mess and it was totally unfun. Freezing my ass off for the Leukemia & Lymphoma society was more fun than this.