Interested in making a difference to the World’s poorest communities? Join CAFOD as a parish volunteer and discover fantastic ways to make that difference. Two of our volunteers, Jill and John, share the opportunities they gained from volunteering at CAFOD. You too can sign up today and get active in your parish.
Jill and John’s journey to becoming a parish volunteers
There are many reasons why parishioners choose to volunteer for CAFOD, from wanting to take concrete action to making the most of their free time.
Jill Cass became a volunteer in her parish by accident four years ago, when she had to fill in for someone else. “I have been a CAFOD volunteers for four years. In the past we had relied on a speaker at mass for Family Fast Day but one day we could not get one so I thought I would do it and that’s how I became a volunteer,” she says.
Since then, Jill has enjoyed being an active member of her community and has helped with a range of activities, from coordinating CAFOD’s Family Fast Days to helping other volunteers speak at mass.
On the other hand, a long time supporter of CAFOD, John Vine decided to become an active parish volunteer after retiring.
“I have supported CAFOD financially for as long as I can remember but when I retired I felt I needed to do more to follow St James’s exhortation to do something and not just talk about it. So I decided to become our parish representative and set up a small parish group to help fundraise and support campaigns,” he says.