"I liked the library and it was accessible by bus. It just seemed like an ideal organization for me to spend time and activity."
Volunteer, Beatley Library
Q: How did you first get involved with this organization and begin volunteering?
I have always liked libraries and first volunteered at a local library when I was in junior high school. When I returned to Alexandria, I visited the library and liked it, especially the spaciousness and design. I began volunteering at the library here in 2001.
Q: Why did you choose to be a part of this particular organization?
I do not have a car, and must rely on public transportation to go anywhere. I like the library and it was accessible by bus. It just seemed like an ideal organization for me to spend time and activity.
Q: How long have you been volunteering?
I started at the library in 2001, and have been working there when I have not been traveling or out of town. I have also been on city council committee and worked at a museum in D.C., as well as teaching ESL.
Q: How many hours per week or month do you volunteer?
I work 16-20 hours a month. In addition, I have been on City Council Committee and worked at a museum in D.C.
Q: What do your volunteer duties involve?
Sorting books, checking books in, shelving books, trying to maintain order in the paperback books, assisting patrons and other volunteers, anything else that I am asked to do.
Q: What is the best part of volunteering at this organization?
Working with the dedicated and hard working staff. In addition, I get a chance to see the new books when they come in, do some research of my own (I also do some writing), find books of particular interest. Everyone is friendly, and it is a quiet non-stress environment.
Q: What have you learned from your volunteer experience?
That if I make a commitment, then I try to keep it. The staff relies on volunteers to do things that do not require a professional librarian, and gives them more time to do the work of the library. Also, there is a place for everyone who wants to donate their time and energy.
Q: What would you recommend for others who want to get more involved in the community through volunteer work?
Look at some of the activities that you are interested in: working with seniors, immigrants, children, homeless, food service. Then search for those organizations or groups that work with those groups. There are lists in the newspaper of volunteer activities, as well as coordinators in city government that you can call. Ask friends and others and join them.