I tried to be a host at a pub last year...they had me come in once...told me to come in the next Saturday...then called and said they didn't need me...and I never heard from them again! I finally called about a week later and they told me their old hostess came back. Ugh. Rude.I've found that most higher end restaurants will look at you more favorably as a waiter if you have either hosted or bussed tables in the past. The tips aren't good, but it'll get you experience.I volunteer at church with my youth group, but it's only once a week. I would love to do something with animals, but I'm HIGHLY allergic to most dogs (which makes me so sad.) I've been looking around for office work in the area that might need help, but there isn't too much. I did volunteer with this great Holocaust foundation in the city a few times, but it costs me so much to get up there just for the day so it's not really worth it.Have you thought of doing some volunteer work just to get yourself focussing on something else for a few hours a week?
Walking the dogs at the SPCA is one of my favorites. You might find something that can lead to real work too.
I'm going a bit south to a nice shopping grove to put in more applications today.
I actually WOULD like to wait tables just to say I did it but you can't even get those jobs without experience...(but how do they expect you to get experience if you're never given your first job?)