Being involved in the community means building relationships and I have been fortunate to meet people from all walks of life, people’s who’s paths I may not have crossed, had I not been involved in this project. So for me, it is not just about delivering groceries and hot meals, it’s about connecting with the community and getting to know people; meeting real people, with real needs and challenges and offering words of encouragement and hope in these difficult times. I look forward to weekly chats with community members and being part of developing and experiencing the ‘community spirit’.
Members of the community who are accessing the service are proactive in recommending other people, who are in need of assistance, many of whom are in temporary accommodation. It is encouraging for individuals and families to know they are cared for. We received feedback on how lovely the meals are which are provided, how useful the groceries are and on the interaction we have with people.
Why do I volunteer?
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”.
God loves all of us!
It does not matter where we come from, what we look like or what we have done. I just simply want to share the unconditional love that God has for me with my community. My vision is to have a united community, where there is compassion. One where people pull together and all have access to the basis necessities. A community where there is hope, giving, sharing and caring and therefore it’s a privilege to volunteer!
Link to the 7th Day Adventist Church with information on what is going on there; https://www.croydonadventist.org/wp2/
Sharon Douglas 21.05.21