The joy of volunteering was highlighted at a recent gathering of CatholicCare volunteers at Tower Road to mark National Volunteers Week.

Twenty Multicultural Services Program and Children’s Services volunteers celebrated the week with a morning tea where they heard from volunteer Pam Clarkin about the pleasure she experiences from her volunteering work with the Multicultural Services Program’s English conversation and citizenship groups. Pam has been volunteering for 15 years and she told the gathering she often feels as though she gets much more out of her volunteering than she gives. She said that it’s wonderful to celebrate people’s successes and achievements with them and it feels like family.

CatholicCare’s Director of Community, Children and Family Services Mark Pike told the gathering that volunteering has unique and valuable qualities that are rare in our technologically-driven society. He thanked everyone for their contributions which he said were irreplaceable.

“Our volunteers bring a special affection and warmth to the support that we provide, because their time is given freely and with passion,” said Mark, “it’s a genuine and irreplaceable contribution because ultimately that is what people who come to us are seeking.”

“It’s true that we get more back by giving, and that when we help others we are rewarded by living humanity to the full and sensing the deepest joy,” Mark said.

CatholicCare’s newly appointed volunteer coordinator Rebecca Woolley also thanked the volunteers for the services they provide.

“Today gave me the opportunity to meet our dedicated and valued volunteers. I have learned that we have an impressive and diverse group of volunteers and I look forward to working alongside them,” Rebecca said.

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer with CatholicCare, please call Rebecca on (03) 6278 1660.