With the recent National Volunteer Week, Australia's largest annual celebration of volunteering, we celebrated the impact that volunteers can have. The difference that they make, the change and good has the ability to transform lives.
Volunteers bring new and creative energy through their passion to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
At MacKillop, those that volunteer make a huge difference and are dedicated and enthusiastic to make a difference to young people. One such volunteer is Kenneth, a Home-Based Care Volunteer.
“I help families who need some extra support,” says Kenneth.
“As a home-based care volunteer, I work with families in their homes to help them create a safe, healthy, and happy environment for their children.”
The potential to drive positive change and help people in the community has been a rewarding part of his decision to become a volunteer.
“I feel like I’ve helped create a safe and nurturing environment for children and made a tangible impact in their lives.”
This, he feels, is the best part of volunteering in a Home-Based Care role. The act of simply hanging out with the kids and making sure they are happy, and always have someone they can turn to if they need leaves a rewarding feeling that he treasures.
“MacKillop has given me the opportunity to love what I do and come to work every day to work in a space I am passionate about,” he explains.
MacKillop Home Based Care Coordinator Tori Pillios is thankful for the work of the volunteers that work with the organisation, particularly Kenneth.
“We are very grateful to have had Kenneth involved in the team and are looking forward to welcoming a new volunteer into the program. I encourage all programs within MacKillop to engage volunteers as it is a great way to meet new people and learn from others.”
In her opinion, volunteers are fantastic as they bring new and creative energy through their passion to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Not only can they achieve positive outcomes but also develop meaningful friendships with young people, carers and others in the program.
If you would like to volunteer at MacKillop or simply want to know more about our volunteering programs, follow the link below.