Hi Everyone, hope you’re all well. I don’t know if I told you about this, but I had a horrible experience 2 weeks ago. I volunteered at a charity shop for 3 hours a week and loved it. When I started they were just so grateful to have another pair of hands and knew I couldn’t do much but said anything was helpful. They started increasing my load though and we had a busy day with a full shop. I was expected to do the till, polish the shelves in between, steam clothes and then measure curtains.
After all this my poor body was broken but they expected me to Hoover the shop out. I told them I just couldn’t and was told to “go, just go” in a very aggressive manner and when I tried to explain was told “I don’t want to know, just go!” so I did, but told them I wouldn’t be back as I obviously couldn’t do what they expected me to. This was all said by the assistant manager (there are two who are both salaried).
I was told to contact the manager so I e mailed her with my resignation and was given a reply accusing me of putting more work and stress on the other volunteers. I felt really awful and cried for days. I’m over it all now and my life is better because I don’t need a day to recover after my voluntary day. I’ve since found another little “job” doing the tuck shop for the youth club for 1 1/2 hours a week. It’s great, all the people there are genuinely grateful for my help and the kids like me as I sell them sweeties.
Moral of the story- we don’t have to take c__p from anyone, some people don’t deserve our efforts, and we will always find a way to make someone smile.