When my sister graduated with her MS in Math, she had a career choice to make. Either become a computer programmer at a local company or be a Vista volunteer. She went and got an offer to work at both (she is energetic). This was a while back and I think the programming job was for almost $40k and full benefits, the Vista volunteer was minimum wage or nothing (can't remember anymore). Her husband was finishing his PhD and she had a year or two to wait. She decided to become a Vista Volunteer.
She went to work at a homeless shelter, getting the clients back into school and helping them get scholarships. I asked her once, why did you decide to take so much less money and volunteer. She told me she loved the town and wanted to do something good for the people. My thought that being a computer programmer is the most noble profession, didn't fly. :)
I ask you, did my sister do the wrong thing becoming a vista volunteer? Is it OK to take less money to help things you love along?
I have chosen to make much less money while I live in Carbondale, is that wrong? There are many professors who are talking less money to work at SIU is that wrong?
Of late, I have been getting the feeling that people in Carbondale feel that anyone who volunteers or takes less money to help the community is somehow doing something underhanded. Isn't it OK to give back to your community for reasons that don't include money?
What do you think? Have you done any unpaid volunteer work lately? Are the people who do volunteer work wasting their time, if they aren't paid enough?
Your comments are always welcome.