Today we speak to Gina, who has been volunteering in her Parish for CAFOD for 20 years! Discover why she volunteers, what she does and what support is available for you as a CAFOD volunteer.
“I’ve always been a volunteer of various things” Says Gina. “As a Christian I believe I should be helping people who haven’t got any means of helping themselves. It’s a natural thing to do as a Christian, isn’t it? Also, I’m retired, so I’m free- a lot of people haven’t got the time”. Modestly, she says “my only gift is organising, so I thought, if I can do it then I might as well.”
What does a Parish Volunteer do?
Gina’s CAFOD group in her parish, St Josephs, meets regularly to discuss how they can live simply, how they can promote CAFOD at the coffee after mass each week, and to plan fundraising events. As well as her other volunteering work (planning coach trips down the beach for people, visiting the lonely and working as her parish welfare officer), 76 year old Gina goes over and above for CAFOD by organising a church plant fundraising sale every year. This year she raised £372! THANK YOU.
Support for Volunteers
Putting yourself out there can be a scary prospect. That’s why CAFOD staff will support you in what is needed to carry out your volunteer role. CAFOD organises regular briefings both in London and outside, where you will find out everything you need to know about becoming a volunteer. You will also get a chance to talk to fellow volunteers who will be happy to share their experience with you.
When you become a volunteer, you are invited to a CAFOD induction course which gives you all the basics to get started. To make sure you can stay on top on what is happening at CAFOD and in your diocese, we send you some material to help you out on your journey as a volunteer, including monthly e-bulletins, materials to help with Fast Days and the CAFOD magazine “Side by Side” .
Sign up today to become a Parish Volunteer like Gina
If you are interested in becoming a CAFOD volunteer, or want to find out more about volunteering opportunities, sign up today All you need to do is to tell us a little bit about what you would like to do and CAFOD’s team will get back to you quickly.
There are so many ways you could volunteer, such as volunteering in parishes, schools, campaigning, corresponding with MPs working in the office and writing prayers. For further information look on our website in the volunteering section.