I started my first shift and I knew somewhat what to expect, the phone rings and my heart races, I'm nervous but I knew how to approach this, the staff who runs the training had taught me well. Chronic callers, first time callers, callers from out of state, that didn't matter, what mattered was that I would answer the phone and lend a listening ear.
I have always felt that everyone needs someone to just listen to them, and if along the way I was able to help the person find a new path to take, a new road to travel down that was better than the one they have been on, even better.
I have learned how to connect with those who walk in to Family always giving them a warm welcome, a smile is sure to brighten anyones day.
I am always surprised by the amount of people who are so thankful that I am volunteering my time, the time I could be hanging out with friends, enjoying a night at home watching a movie, or truthfully sleeping after a long day.
I mean it when I say there is nothing more satisfying than helping others, no matter the circumstances in my own personal life at the moment. When my shift day comes along I go to Woodstock, with a smile, ready to listen and help anyone, with any problem they may be encountering at that time.
Everyone has a hard day, no denying that, when in doubt call Family, that is why I am a volunteer at Family Of Woodstock, not because I needed volunteer hours, even if that is why I started, but because I care about the people in this world, if I didn't care about volunteering here, think about it would I still be here?
I want everyone to wake up everyday happy and ready to face the challenges that come their way.
If you need someone to help you with lifes challenges, lets face it life isn't easy, Family is there, we will treat you like our family, you are welcome to treat us as yours.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
The graditude that people express, both walk-in and on the phone. When someone is in need of clothing, because of the people donating there belongings, others are more than thankful to them. I am thanked multiple times for my time I give to listen to them on the phone.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Make this organization more widely known, to a younger population.
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
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Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
I have learned how to be a better listener, how to react to peoples feelings, over all I have become a better person.
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