Originally Posted by Bonni
Now, how would I KNOW that extremecarver is in Europe, when his/her profile is totally empty?
Because his very first post in the thread made reference to "here in Austria"
But, that's not important to the discussion.
I volunteered with NSP while in high school, didn't have any nearby opportunities in college (Chicago), and work/life has been pretty darn full ever since (I still do volunteer stuff, but not with NSP).
Why don't I go back to NSP? There's two reasons. The first, honestly, is that the only NSP volunteer mountain that I know of in the area is Cooper (not to be confused with Copper), and, well, I'm not a big fan of the terrain. The second reason is almost as important, and that is the scheduling commitment. This is different than the "time" commitment. I could probably find enough time, the problem is that I can't find that time on a consistent enough schedule for a mountain to be able to depend on me. The way life/work is right now, I just can't commit to being anywhere "every Xday," in almost any variant.
My time spent volunteering now is spent by dropping in at a local school and giving them a hand with some of their IT problems, and generally being a one-person help line they can call with problems. It does take quite a bit of time, but it's piecemeal, 15 minutes here, 2 hours there, etc, but most importantly, I can work it around my already hectic schedule. An NSP commitment can't work that way, and I don't expect that it should be able to - so I don't do it now.
It's possible that when I'm older, life has settled down some, and I can make an NSP commitment again, that I will. In fact, I would say that it's really quite likely.
Every generation looks at the next generation and says things like, "they don't help their community enough," I don't buy into it. Each generation helps in different ways, and often those ways aren't visible to the folks in the previous generation. I'm betting your grandparents said it about your parents' generation, your parents about yours and now you're saying it about your kids' generation. I think whomever said it up above is right: as long as there are new 40-50 year olds volunteering, there's no problem or "crisis" to be solved. The NSP cannot function in a manner that is conducive to twentysomething and thirtysomething people's lifestyles right now. Other voluteer opportunities and organizations can operate in a manner that allows those folks chances to "give back." Let them give their time there for now, in the future, they'll be 45+, and will be able to give back to organizations like the NSP.