Why I Volunteer
I believe has the greatest impact on a person’s life is showing you care; going that extra mile to help a person in need. One example from my time volunteering is working with one young boy that has a learning disability. We became so close through our tutoring that he invited me to a school-hosted Thanksgiving dinner and I served as a chaperone on some of his field trips. It is rewarding to work with the children who often times may not get time to be a kid otherwise.
I have been volunteering for ten years, and unlike my job, where I would have days where I did not want to go in, I am always ready to come in and help at Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach. It really is a fun place to volunteer where you never know what to expect. Along with visiting lighthouses and playing with my grandkids it is something I plan to do for a long time.
I love volunteering at OLMCO and I am very grateful to the Outreach staff and clients for making me feel welcome and for all they have taught me. The staff there is incredibly friendly and supportive – they are a great group of people who appreciate all their volunteers. As a “new” person in Charleston volunteering at OLMCO, I have met all kinds of people in the Johns Island community. Through their stories and conversations I have had the opportunity to learn more about this community and the people who live here.
I know that the purpose of OLMCO is to offer emergency financial assistance, food, clothing, and educational classes. But what I think really makes OLMCO stand out is the fact that the staff really cares about their clients, and it shows. The Outreach not only offers the above mentioned assistance, but also provides staff who listens to the clients, asks about their lives, celebrates their successes, and shows sympathy to individuals in difficult life situations. Any organization can offer basic assistance, but I feel that OLMCO offers community support that most clients don’t get on a regular basis.