I volunteer for Samaritans and Job Mentoring Service.
In samaritans, I used to volunteer as a support person for two years taking calls from suicidal, depressed and lonely people. The community that I’m actively volunteering with is the Job Mentoring Service where I mentor skilled migrant job seekers that are looking to get into the New Zealand workplace.
What is your touching moment?
One of the memorable time that makes volunteering a beautiful experience was with Samaritans. On a night shift after talking to the caller that was really depressed, he said “Ben thank you so much for what you are doing. You make a difference.” I was happy that he felt so uplifted by the end of the phone call.
What would you consider as the biggest benefit of volunteering?
The greatest benefit is knowing that your contribution, time and acts of service make a difference no matter how small. I’m glad that I’m able to make an impact through volunteering.
What does volunteering mean to you?
Volunteering is an act of service that cannot really be quantified. It is an avenue to touch lives and make a difference in our community and society at large.
Is there any additional thought you would like to share with us?
To encourage people to continue to embrace the volunteering culture here in Nz.