I've tried to help out at Elecrail. I was never made to feel welcome so in the end I gave up.
None of us can speak to your experience 501M, only you can do that. But I can speak to mine.
When I first decided to volunteer at the VGR I ran into some similar attitudes from one or two volunteers as well as some other stuff that i wasn't happy with. I could have easily given it away at that point, it was not at all what I had expected. Instead I chose to step back, take a look around and then try another tack.
I decided to spend my time getting dirty in the workshop after that instead of continuing down the Safe Working path that I had started down. One day over coffee in the lunch room an old hand said to me "I have seen plenty like you come and go and I am not going to put too much effort into you as you probably won't be here this time next year".
That was a real eye opener in some ways but also something that I had experienced the other way around while serving on the committee of a motorcycle club in the 80s and 90s. New blood coming along telling us that they were going to change the world and then being gone in a few months.
5 years later I am still volunteering (not as often as I would like this year due to work commitments) and I have found my niche. And this week after reading about a shortage of booking officers at Castlemaine I am going to spend a day with the SM to learn the ropes there in case they need me at short notice as I live and work locally.
Yes organisations like Elecrail and others should welcome help with open arms but these organisations are staffed and run by volunteers some of whom have no people skills and yes, even some who are there purely in it for themselves. I have seen first hand the bad side of this but i have also met and worked with some amazing people (I'm looking at you Warren, Alf, Mick, Pete etc) along the way and had some great times to boot.
If I might be so bold to suggest that you give it another go or maybe even look to get involved at Steamrail, 707, DERMPAV or one of the other organisations at Newport. You can always transition into another role later on when you have earned your stripes.