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#427 Jun 13 2018 at 7:18 PM Rating: Decent
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I'll second the idea about food pantry/whatevers. Local soup kitchens (do they still call them that) are always willing to take any volunteer that comes their way, is a great way to socialize with other people, and no one's going to judge you. If you're not so happy with the idea of interacting with random people, working behind the scenes at a food bank type location is still volunteering, but is more about showing up at a warehouse somewhere and unpacking large boxes of bulk foods and then repacking them into smaller packages with a set variety of foods inside (I suppose this depends on the specifics of the work, but this is what I did many years ago).

These are pretty easy volunteer spots to get, wont require any time consuming checks, and they're always willing to take more people. Often, when working in the volunteer food industry (is that an industry?), part of the deal is that you can get a portion of the food box/whatever as "payment" for your help. So X hours of helping load boxes of food for others, and you get a box of food for your own household (and if working at a place that serves food, you're typically going to be allowed to eat the same meal yourself while there if you wish). So not a job that's putting money in your pocket, but you get to help others, burn some time, may interact with others as desired, and may help offset some of your own living expenses as well.

There are a ton of options out there, if you want.
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#428 Jun 15 2018 at 11:10 AM Rating: Good
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I talked to my wife about it. She insists that my duty is here, at home-- and not using up fuel driving around town to work without compensation.

She is right, though. If I am not here to clean constantly our living space quickly degrades into abject squalor-- between the cats ******* and ******** everywhere because they have somehow forgotten to use the litter box, and her and the children leaving their trash everywhere. Because of her knee injury, she cannot carry trash down the stairs or groceries back up again. Because she works all the time and makes all the money, I am expected to take care of these things.

I really hate this place. It's like I want to go home, but I am home. "If you could just get a job we could afford to live someplace else" she says. If I could just win the lottery. If I could just have an anthropomorphic unicorn deliver a suitcase filled millions of dollars even seems more likely. But what difference would "someplace else" really make?

I don't understand. It's like all around me is a vast empty wasteland that goes on forever. I can choose to walk in either direction and find more of the same until I collapse or stand still and do nothing.
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#429 Jun 15 2018 at 11:31 AM Rating: Excellent
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While your wife is welcome to have an opinion on whether or not you volunteer your time, she doesn't really get a vote.
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#430 Jun 15 2018 at 12:24 PM Rating: Excellent
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Kill the cat, crucify on kids' door, explain they're next if they don't help around the house.

Edited, Jun 15th 2018 2:24pm by lolgaxe
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#431 Jun 15 2018 at 4:02 PM Rating: Excellent
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Seriously. The kids should be doing household chores and the cats are expendable if they are using the house as their litter box.

Non-profit work can be a good networking tool to finding paying work. Most people working for free in Place A are already employed at Place B and can let you know about opportunities and even assist you if they know "This guy is a good worker, is a good guy helping the [whoever] and needs a job".
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