Wendy has been a volunteer at the Community Centre for over 30 years and has been involved in most of our programs over that time. Please read further for an insight as to why Wendy has continued in her role as a volunteer.
“I consider it to be a privilege to volunteer in my local community where I can be of assistance to others whilst also enjoying companionship with clients and fellow volunteers.
Volunteering has and continues to enrich my life”.
I moved to the Bulimba area about 10 years ago and fell in love with the positive community feel of the area. About 5 years ago I started looking for a volunteer role as a way of helping other people and to help strengthen our community. What I didn’t expect was that I would get far more out of volunteering than I ever anticipated. I thought I was doing it to help others but the reality is that I get so much out of it myself.
Before I started volunteering I was working mostly from home and generally only had my dog to talk to during the day and my husband’s ear to chew off at night. I found I was losing a lot of confidence in speaking to people and was becoming quite socially isolated.
Volunteering has helped me meet so many new people. It’s something to look forward to every week. The clients are not only lovely, enjoyable people to be around, but also appreciative of the time that we give.
Whenever anyone praises me for my volunteer time I am always very quick to point out that they shouldn’t – I get as much if not more than I give. I think this is the secret to volunteering at anything. It should not feel like a chore or a selfless task. It should be something that each person finds individually satisfying and rewarding.
On a lighter note:
Volunteering at Balmoral Uniting Community Centre is greatly rewarding
Seeing my ladies on a Monday is really heart-warming
They may no longer be young or very agile
But they always greet me with a smile
They walk, shuffle, wheel and scoot in to Gloria Jeans
Eyes twinkling like a pack of rather naughty teens
There’s always a giggle, a laugh and a joke
And at Terry’s expense, there’s fund we can poke.
I have met so many lovely people by simple volunteering
To hear their stories is very endearing
I look forward to Mondays rather than dreading them like before
Because for the little I give, volunteering gives me more
I know I’m helping others in some small way
And that gives me a sense of purpose at the end of the day
The clients are always appreciative of the time that is spent
And each of them into my life I know is Heaven sent!