Volunteering is the commitment of time and energy, for the benefit of society and community, the environment, or individuals outside one’s immediate family. It is undertaken freely and without concern for financial gain.
My journey story began after I did the funeral scene as mentioned in the Stephen Covey – 7 habits.
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In my case, I had no one from the community present to say good words about me because I had no ties to a community of any sort.
The thought of having an influence on a younger person life is invaluable to me, as I have grown and matured I have learned from my experiences and simply based on this I am able to guide younger kids simply by sharing my experience.
I grew up in an ok environment, single parent household which didn’t have much money coming in, but it never once discouraged me not to achieve but simply motivated me even more.
So what was my first volunteering experience?
It was at Crisis at Christmas, a truly touching experience and relevantly easy to apply for, it’s amazing how our brains if left to their own devices and create these images and pictures for us.
I experience this myself as my first task was to clean the toilet, before this moment I had never interacted truly with a homeless person and I never understood what being was and how they lived.
My mind thought a tramp, with holes in his shoes and a pet rat in his pocket, which then made me fear the worst when it came to cleaning the toilet.
I was left corrected, the toilets were spotless and it was then I realised these people are not animals but human beings.
As the day progress, I saw the distance gap in terms of living, I was about to get in my car and drive to my family house to Christmas dinner part two but the homeless were looking for a place to stay or trying to gather some money from passer byes.
More interestingly is the stories which reinforce the fact that it can happen to anyone, something could happen that could lead to you to be homeless.
My friend told me about one guy who was once a MILLIONAIRE, no one believed it but a quick Google search showed that he was actually once a millionaire.
This same friend has had his fair share of being homeless, as he lived from hostel to hostel without the hanging fear of not having a place to stay.
So where to start?
Do-it is a database of UK volunteering opportunities. You can search various volunteering opportunities by interest, activity or location and then apply in person or online.
Or a google search “volunteering in your area”
This is an episode on my podcast – Tag Me In Podcast please check out the links below for more information.