Become an Office Volunteer for CAFOD! It is a great way to get involved in your community and see how the results of your work can make an impact. Develop new skills, meet new people, and help out your community and CAFOD! Hear from two of our office volunteers on what it entails
Becoming an office volunteer is an easy process and allows for a flexible schedule. The responsibilities of an office volunteer may include data entry, handling correspondence via email and telephone, and collaborating with volunteer coordinators to support other volunteers. Without our office volunteers CAFOD would not be able to accomplish as much as we do.
Office Volunteer Natalie exploring the Southwark Diocese!
Natalie has been interning with us since August. She is an American student studying in London for the fall semester. Hear from her perspective as an office volunteer,
“I love being an office volunteer, I have learned so much! The schedule has been really flexible with my studies and CAFOD is willing to work with me to find the times that work best. I have gained new office skills. I was able to practice and improve my public speaking skills as I gave one of the Fast Day talks in a parish. CAFOD gave me all the resources to give a successful speech. I have also developed great communication skills as I have corresponded with parish volunteers through emails and phone calls to help them find the resources necessary for Harvest Family Fast Day. I have also developed my communication and teamwork skills in CAFOD because we work on a lot of projects together, give each other feedback, and help encourage each other’s growth. It is so nice to learn from all ages of volunteers who have different levels of experience and knowledge because they bring new ideas and perspectives that I would never have thought of before. How inspiring it is that they volunteer with us during the day and sacrifice their time!
Unsure what to get someone this holiday season? Consider putting a smile on everyone’s face by purchasing a world gift. See how St. Mary’s organised a bake sale to purchase a community water supply World Gift. By advertising CAFOD‘s World Gifts, we can change the lives of those in need.
St. Mary’s coffee team enjoying Irish Coffees at their wonderous bake sale!
This past weekend, St. Mary’s in Clapham hosted a bake sale for World Gifts! All the proceeds are going towards a fund for a water supply for an entire community! This is a great way to get the whole parish involved and raise money for World Gifts. St. Mary’s sold cakes, brownies and all kinds of desserts that were enjoyed by all. They also had a coffee team on duty who were mixing delicious coffee to enjoy with their desserts. This is an amazing way to bring people together for the holidays and positively change communities.
A community water supply will cost £750, and will supply a constant source of clean water for many people. One example of this World Gift in action was in Uganda when CAFOD was able to fix a waterhole, provide the training and the necessary tools to Cecilia’s community with the proceeds from CAFOD’s community water gift. Cecilia says, “Now we have enough water for food, to clean ourselves and our clothes, and for our animals to drink.” World Gifts such as these will have a lasting impact and can change the lives of many.
Congratulations to St. Mary’s in Clapham, they raised over £600 at their bake sale! This is fantastic!
Join us to pray and share on Pope Francis’ “Gaudete et Exsultate” (Rejoice and Be Glad) on November 24th, from 10am to 4pm, . The retreat will be hosted at Romero House, 55 Westminster bridge road, London, SE1 7JB. Please bring a shared vegetarian lunch.
On Saturday November 24th, we’ll be reflecting on how to be holy in today’s modern worlds, as well as looking at some of the idea’s in the Pope’s new document “Gaudete et Exsultate” or “Rejoice and be Glad.” He encourages us to open our eyes, ears and hearts to the words of the gospel and expand our limited horizons.
Join CAFOD and others at our retreat to explore the journey of faith
In this document, Pope Francis celebrates the simplicity of life’s daily activities and how they can be a window to our holiness and a way for us to channel the values of the Beatitudes. He celebrates the uniqueness and individuality of us all and reminds us that we all have agency and power to shift things that happen in our world. But, the way we carry out our daily activities can also expose to us how we separate ourselves from holiness, such as how our addiction to consumption could make spending time with God a ‘painful exercise’.
Julie from Rochester who has attended many CAFOD events says, “I cannot recommend CAFOD events highly enough. Over the years I’ve benefited greatly by participating in justice and peace assembly meetings and workshops and retreats on various themes. They always prove to be inspiring occasions and I feel we need to prioritise such events more in our busy itineraries. Why? Because they provide us with knowledge, social catholic teaching and prayer, providing guidance and examples of how we might help build the Kingdom of God together through personal lifestyle changes, and participation within our parish and wider communities.”