To quote:

Volunteering undercuts paid work
Smart countries fund these [volunteering] programs through tax revenues

“It will be a great day when our schools get all the money they need and the air force has to hold a cake stall to buy a bomber…

A lot of volunteering we do is inefficient….

The definition of a good charity is one that solves a problem and puts itself out of business.

In Australia in 2014 there were 54,000 registered charities, all trying to attract our donations. Many government services are now outsourced to church-run charities which win contracts due to their tax concessions and tax donation status and rely on the work of volunteers. They are exempt from anti-discrimination laws. It is not in their interest to solve problems We are asked to donate to charities constantly. We’ve become accustomed to a calendar of fundraising events. If these methods were working there would be fewer charities rather than a proliferation.

…Volunteering works when the aim is to change a broken system, to change a law or policy. This law or policy could be one that sees a requirement for volunteers, fundraising and charities abandoned, so there will be no expectation that the next generation will keep inefficient systems. It could be a change to policy about homelessness or refugees or international aid, or school funding of hospital funding or reducing environmental damage. It doesn’t create waste or waste time. Raising awareness is what happens along the way.

How do we do it? We need to account for all costs. We need to leave each job better than we found it – that means reducing work for the next person by implementing a more efficient system.”

I urge you to read this article. It has value.
Whether you agree with Catherine Wash or not, poverty and homelessness
are growing not decreasing problems.

Read her article on the Sydney Morning Herald website here.

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