I feel honoured and privileged to be the Volunteer Relations Coordinator here at Mission Services of London. In this role, I get the opportunity to work alongside an amazing group of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds who have come together to share their gifts and give their time to help those in need.
Volunteers are the backbone of Mission Services of London. With over 200 volunteers each month donating their time across each of the five branches, the every-day, smooth running of the programs, services, customer service, and more couldn’t be done without the hours donated by our dedicated volunteers.
This year, the theme of Volunteer Week is lifting communities. We see it every day at each of our branches – volunteers lifting the spirits of those in need by preparing and serving meals through one of the kitchens; by sorting donations and making sure they are sent to the program and branch that needs them; by maintaining the integrity and cleanliness of the buildings; by organizing files, doing data entry, and helping out at events. Volunteers, each and every day, help make Mission Services a safe, kind, and caring space where those most vulnerable are able to rest, find compassionate help, and build a trusting relationship through the programs available at each branch. Without volunteers, none of this would be possible.
Volunteering can also give volunteers a lift! Often we gain a renewed sense of purpose when we see how our efforts have helped someone else; our confidence lifts when we gain new skills (or get to share our skills!) and experience through volunteering.
What lifts our chances to achieve goals together?
It’s the Volunteer Factor!
Written by Alexis Hopiavuori, Volunteer Relations Coordinator