When did you start volunteering with Dublin Simon Community?
I started my volunteering with Dublin Simon Community in May 2017. I joined as a Part-time Volunteer where I got to understand more about Dublin Simon Community and its cause. It really motivated me a lot and I decided to work here as Full-time Volunteer. And luckily I got the chance to serve more towards the organisation. I feel very proud to be part of this organisation and to work towards their great cause to reduce homelessness and serve humanity to make lives better.
What made you want to start volunteering?
When I moved to Dublin. I was looking for the opportunity where I can gain experience and get the exposure of Irish work life and culture.
I was employed in a reputable bank back home but in Dublin I couldn’t be employed due to my visa status. I had all the time in the world which I did not want to waste rather use it proactively.
Volunteering with Dublin Simon Community gave me back a sense of worth and motivation. I am proud to be a part of this organisation that is working so enthusiastically in helping reduce homelessness.
What’s you’re favorite part of volunteering?
Work culture, supportiveness, appreciation and training to be part of this diverse work group is my favourite part of volunteering. Volunteering makes me feel appreciated and needed throughout my tenure as a volunteer.
Describe your any positive memory that you have from volunteering with Dublin Simon Community?
Although I enjoyed almost every day here at work the learning was immense. I can feel that I personally and professionally grown in the time I served here as a volunteer.
The best time so far is that Dublin Simon Community works towards their volunteer’s growth as well as the course that I was offered from DIT (Dublin Institute of Technology) that helped me learn a lot.
What would you say to someone who is thinking of volunteering with Dublin Simon Community?
Volunteering at home or abroad, gives you the chance to vote every day about the kind of community and world you want to live in. Dublin Simon Community’s Volunteers Programme offers a wide range of training and learning skills to their volunteers to grow professionally and personally. They do various recognition events and awards time to time to appreciate and thank their volunteers for their help and support. They give you the chance to work in your interest and skills. They also do supervision/mentoring time to time to check against your career growth as well as your expectations. The benefits of helping homeless is extremely rewarding and humbling. It helps you create a positive impression, makes you more innovative, creative and gives you a range of useful skills.
Richa Kumar, Full Time Volunteer in Quality and Practice Office/ Finance Office