I'm An Idealist

Yeah, yeah, yeah, tell you something that you don’t know.  Rev. Tony is an idealist – old news.  I’m not talking about being that type of an idealist.  I’m talking about being a participant/user of Idealist.org, a website of Action Without Borders. Here is their Vision and Mission:

Our Vison

We would like to live in a world where:

All people can lead free and dignified lives.
Every person who wants to help another has the ability to do so.
No opportunities for action or collaboration are missed or wasted.

Our Mission

Action Without Borders connects people, organizations, and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives.

AWB is independent of any government, political ideology, or religious creed. Our work is guided by the common desire of our members and supporters to find practical solutions to social and environmental problems, in a spirit of generosity and mutual respect.

JOBS! – With A Conscience!

The biggest practical use I made of Idealist.org was their job listing database.  When I left my job as a Catholic High School teacher in 2003, I worked for the Little Sisters of the Assumption for a year running Family Lifeline Volunteers, and then I needed another job.  But what to do? Be a public high school teacher? Something else?  I ended up doing some substitute teaching and then pursuing the Unitarian Universalist ministry, but I also needed a paying job while I did that.  Enter Idealist.org where I found full time jobs working for MassEquality on the equal marriage campaign in Massachusetts and then another as a hospice chaplain.  I also applied for dozens of other jobs and had about a half dozen quality interviews. I was offered a  job I declined and wasn’t offered others.

Idealist.org has a wonderful history and is a fantastic resource in the present climate for the many people affected by the economic downturn and the reality of job loss, job transition, and job uncertainty.  For Unitarian Universalists and other people of faith, people of spirit and people with a social conscience and similar values, I recommend it as a powerful and positive resource. Unlike something such as Monster.com, I’ve found my experience with Idealist.org to be positive in that there were many jobs to be found in my field(s), employers responded frequently and rather rapidly (even if the response was “no thank you”) and Idealist.org has a nice added bonus of sending you a custom, made to order email alert of new postings in your areas of choice.

My only regret is that I wish I had remembered Idealist.org sooner.  Like many other congregations, my congregations started a program for people in transition, but I only remembered Idealist.org when I logged in to a long dormant email address (full of thousands of old emails and spam) while on vacation and began clearing it out.  I renewed and updated my Idealist.org account to reflect my new Texas address and even listed myself as a resource in their speakers bureau in the areas of interest reflected in this blog.