Re: [S-R] Not all, but 98 %
- Dear Vladimir,
You too have a kind heart and have helped numerous people on the list
and sometimes you don't even get a "thank you"! However, I hope you
have fared better than the burned out volunteer. We appreciate your
participation and contributations.
Vladimir Bohinc wrote:
>I find this article very interesting.
>* * *
>Who Pays for Your Research?
>By Burned-out Volunteer
>Would you be willing to pay 59 cents for that newspaper article about
>the accident your ancestors were in? Would you pay 64 cents for the
>census you couldn't locate your grandparents in? How about 89 cents for
>that elusive marriage certificate or the death notice/obituary you
>really want? Would you even pay a nominal amount for the cemetery
>Apparently not -- because those are the costs of a copy and a stamp that
>I have been paying for the 98 percent of the people who have used my
>services for the past nine years. Copy costs range from 20 cents a page
>up to 50 cents a page depending on where they are found. Sometimes the
>first copy is poor quality and I have to redo it. With the exception of
>nine very kind people (out of several hundred), I have personally
>subsidized their research and it has finally gotten too expensive.
>I am not government subsidized. I am not independently wealthy. I am not
>asking anyone to pay for my gasoline or the dollars I drop in the
>donation boxes at societies and museums or the candy I sometimes take to
>the ladies in the cemetery offices but it would be so nice if people
>would pay for their photos, copies and postage -- and at least ASK if I
>have out of pocket expenses."
>I understand that polite people do not like to talk about money. I do
>not like to talk about money either. But let's talk about losing
>volunteer help. By its very definition volunteer help should be free.
>But generous volunteers should not be required to PAY for YOUR copies
>and the cost of mailing them to you. There are even people who do not
>let me know when they receive the material that I have paid for and
>sent to them.
>I can't afford to do your free research any more.
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