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voluntary work.....advice needed please!!!!

Hi all,

I don't know if this is the correct place to post this query, but here goes! I have enquired about voluntary work at the Mairie and I have been invited along to see about the 'banque alimentaire' Before I go along and 'sign up' so to speak, are there any forms etc that would need completing to show work is unpaid (for the tax office) or do I get something to say it is unpaid work. I have tried to find out info on internet and Mairie but sadly no answers to questions, Would appreciate if any one who has done voluntary work could offer some advice or suggest links to sites, many thanks in advance
Jetlag
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Re: voluntary work.....advice needed please!!!!

deleted - I realised when I read further that it was for younger people than us, Jetlag!   (Of course you might be under 25...)


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Re: voluntary work.....advice needed please!!!!

You might find advice in French through this site.
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Re: voluntary work.....advice needed please!!!!

Excellent link NormanH, many thanks.

As for being under 25.......................I wish (not!!), thanks again for all replies
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Nope, no forms. Actually you join the association and pay 10€ a year for the privilege. But, for example, our president promised to pay for protective footwear for new members, which would actually cost more than your membership.

The BA is a really good cause -- they act as a 'wholesaler' distributing free food from various sources (supermarket surplus, European food mountains ...) to other charities like the Red Cross and local associations who look after the poor and needy. It's completely non-sectarian and non-political

I'm a volunteer at our local BA in Vannes, but I mostly look after sorting out their IT (trying to get them into the 20th (yes, 20th) century. If mine is anything to go by the majority of members are over 60, but we have some younger ones, too

The majority of the volunteers do stuff like collecting food from supermarkets (organised in advance -- you're not begging Smile [:)] )and distributing it to the 'customers'. However, they also need people with more technical experience of things like food hygiene or warehouse management -- they distribute thousands of tons of food aid each year in France.

The national Web site is:

http://www.banquealimentaire.org/Dons-de-temps.html

This is the page about the more specialised volunteers that they need, but they'll be happy to see you even if it's just for being a "driver's mate". It might even give you some experience that could help to get a 'real' job somewhere if that's what you want.

You could also look at the Wikipedia article about food banks:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_bank

If you want to know more drop me an email or a PM.


Albert the InfoGipsy

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Re: voluntary work.....advice needed please!!!!

Would some expert please explain how one earns a living doing unpaid work?

A. Simpleton


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In reply to Albert the InfoGipsey,

I volunteer with the local Red Cross in Indre. They distribute food to needy people, but the food they pick up from the Banque Alimentaire is not free. Perhaps it's different in each department.

FairyNuff

Edit: In reply to the OP, please do volunteer, you'll be welcomed with open arms. After being a life long volunteer,you couldn't pay me enough to do what I do for nothing.
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Re: voluntary work.....advice needed please!!!!

 Iceni wrote:

Would some expert please explain how one earns a living doing unpaid work?

A. Simpleton

ANOther Simpleton asks:

Where is it mentioned that anybody earns a living at this?  The only money mentioned in this thread that I can see is a payment to join up, and the vague possibility of some expenses to compensate.

Are you referring to the board this is posted on? 


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