Hello there, to anyone and everyone who may be reading! My name is Natasha; I am a student and a shiny, new volunteer for CVS. What brings me here, you may ask? Well, much like the author of the article I’m responding to today, I’ve started volunteering because I wanted to apply the skills and knowledge my degree has taught me, and use them in a way I hope can be worthwhile. If you’re reading this, then it appears I’m on the right track.
An anonymous volunteer had written a piece in 2016 for the Guardian, expressing their disappointment as they wanted to use their personal skills for a cause they felt passionately towards. But, instead, they were left with a job they didn’t want to do and were, rather unfortunately, put off volunteering.
When sinking your teeth into a task, you want to feel as though the workplace itself will take a chunk out of you being there and benefit from your so-called expertise. Of course, that’s what volunteering is all about, benefitting and contributing to a charity.
When you feel passionately towards said cause or charity, the simplest act is surely enough of a contribution. How many times have you popped a penny into a charity bucket or signed a petition? They seem like small, effortless acts that you merely give a second thought to. But, in retrospect, these deeds amount to something so much more. And, of course, no-one asked you to do them, they were entirely voluntary.
Surely, when you feel strongly about a movement you find yourself willing to do just about anything to make a change. Think of those who loath running, who transform themselves into athletes in order to raise money. Not to mention every marathon, sky dive and triathlon which are neither performed by professionals nor completed recreationally.
If anything, the author has made me consider more so the place I’m volunteering for rather than the skills I’ve been dusting off and putting into action. I wouldn’t mind making dropping a few emails here and there or popping the kettle on every two minutes, as long as I knew I was making a valuable contribution whether it be in text or tea form.