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  •  I'd help if I could :< (5+ / 0-)

    I am comfortable in my living situation at present, so if I knew someone who was working second shift, for example, and needed a babysitter, I'd totally do it for free. Maybe life wouldn't be so tough if I could chip in a bit, and all that HIPPIE NONSENSE.

    Except I hardly know anyone in my new city (Portland OR), and no one who needs the kind of support I could give. And it's pretty sketchy to walk up to somone you don't know, and be all, "hey, you have a tough situation? Kinda vulnerable position in life? You want uh, you want me to watch your precious children for a bit? I'll do it for free, heh heh heh." Yeah, that would not go over well.

    "We need institutions and cultural norms that make us better than we tend to be. It seems to me that the greatest challenge we now face is to build them." -Sam Harris, neuroscientist

    by MarthaPeregrine on Thu May 16, 2013 at 01:24:23 PM PDT

    •  Check around on Craigs List. Probably want to (2+ / 0-)

      check to see what sort of certification is required for offering childcare in Portland. And, there may be childcare co-ops that you could offer to help with. Also community college campuses may be a resource, lots of parents there juggling. Just some thoughts. There are  lots of co-op and progressive groups in the area, once you get hooked into them you should be able to figure ways to help someone who could use a hand.

      Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. ~The Druid.
      ~Ideals aren't goals, they're navigation aids.~

      by FarWestGirl on Thu May 16, 2013 at 03:03:00 PM PDT

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    •  Rec. (0+ / 0-)

      My rec button isn't working today but I need to rec this.

    •  A Portland suggestion: (0+ / 0-)

      Try contacting Sisters of the Road, a diner that employs people who can work off their meals as well as other good services they do for low income people. Plus it is just a plain neat place to go yourself for some good home cookin'. I bet there are women (or men) they know who could use a good person to watch their kids while they work. Those people are awesome and some of my heroes!

      Here is their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/...

      First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they hurt you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi

      by mntleo2 on Sat May 18, 2013 at 03:07:48 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks! I'll look into it. :) (0+ / 0-)

        "We need institutions and cultural norms that make us better than we tend to be. It seems to me that the greatest challenge we now face is to build them." -Sam Harris, neuroscientist

        by MarthaPeregrine on Tue May 21, 2013 at 09:19:50 AM PDT

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