As part of National Volunteering Week 2019 Kerry Volunteer Centre will share with you the faces and stories of eight local Volunteers. Each story is unique and reflects the wide variety of reasons as to why people are choosing to volunteer in Kerry. We very much appreciate the openness and generosity by which each of the Volunteers shared their personal story and experiences. Dorcas' storys is the first we shall share with you!
When Dorcas first moved to Ireland from Zimbabwe she felt ‘isolated and did not enjoy sitting at home, doing nothing’, as a natural hard worker she decided to start volunteering and registered with Kerry Volunteer Centre and with the support of the Volunteer Centre’s Placement Team ( Linda, Terry and Siobhan) she has been actively volunteering ever since!
Initially, Dorcas volunteered with Sue Ryder as a charity shop assistant and enjoyed the daily interactions with the public. ‘I gained good customer service skills and began to make new friend’s’. She also supports her local church by helping the elderly who might be feeling lonely or sick. Dorcas then began volunteering with Tralee Tidy Towns. Whether the sun is shining or its pouring rain, Dorcas joins up with the group and helps improve the local environment and makes Tralee a better place to live, work and visit. Dorcas volunteered with The Rose of Tralee Festival. ‘I really love volunteering for the Rose of Tralee because it’s a festival that everybody enjoys being part of and participating in the various events. The atmosphere is so international that it is interesting to see cultures come together from all parts of the word.’
Dorcas presently volunteers with Tralee International Resource Centre (TIRC) and is very grateful for the unexpected benefits that her various volunteering role have bestowed upon her. She speaks warmly of the how TIRC provides her with a welcoming, safe place which supported her integration between local and international communities. ‘I would like to thank TIRC. It gives us a lot of education and it teaches people English. They do a lot of cooking, gardening and sowing which I enjoy.’
Overall, Dorcas finds inspiration in volunteering in three ways ‘Love, patience and humility’. ‘Volunteering has helped me feel like part of the community. It helped me to integrate with other people. I feel that I have done a good job when I volunteer. It makes me gain a sense of purpose, instead of thinking of my problems. I find strength and energy in helping others.’
Feeling inspired by Dorcha’s Volunteering story? Then why not click on this link to register your interest in Volunteering with Kerry Volunteer Centre toady!