16 Things only volunteers will understand

16 Things only volunteers will understand

1. When you’re asked to fix something with a power tool, and you do.

2. When everything is running on time.

3. When you share your experience with someone and they ask if they can volunteer too.

4. When someone thinks they know all about an issue just because they saw a Brad Pitt documentary.

5. When you have to get up early on a Saturday morning to volunteer.

6. 30 minutes after arriving to volunteer.

7. Six hours after volunteering.

8. When only half the people who had signed up to volunteer, …

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67 Ideas for Mandela Day

67 Ideas for Mandela Day

We have mixed feelings about Mandela Day around here, which takes place this Friday, 18 July. Not with the man being honoured, but with the time limit. Sixty-seven minutes may be enough time to do your grocery shopping but is it really enough time to make a lasting difference?

Nope, not really. But wouldn’t it be great if what starts as 67 minutes turned into 67 weeks, 67 days, and maybe even 67 years of someone giving their time to serve those around them? Now that seems …

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There’s No ‘I’ In Volunteer

There’s No ‘I’ In Volunteer

It’s 7am on a beautiful Saturday morning. My alarm just cued me to get up to get ready for my first ever Christine Revell Children’s Home (CRCH) Activity Saturday – my first time.

‘Coffee. I need coffee,’ is the first thought that crosses my mind. Then, ‘Why did I decide to give up my Saturday morning … I would much rather be sleeping in or going to the beach!’ and ‘How long will it take me to get to Christine Revell’, and ‘How long do I have to stay?’

One cup of coffee later I began pondering, ‘Will I remember all …

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6 Good Reasons Why You Should Volunteer

6 Good Reasons Why You Should Volunteer

1. Build genuine friendships

“Building genuine friendships and walking a journey with some of the residents has been such an eye-opening experience. You witness both the struggles and the breakthroughs and it totally challenges your perspective. I’ve seen God’s hand at work in so many ways over the past year and it’s wonderful to see people learning more about him and giving their lives to Christ.” – Matthew Krog, volunteer, New Hope street and shelter ministry

2. See God’s transforming work in action

“I started volunteering thinking I could be a …

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7 Signs of a Super Volunteer

7 Signs of a Super Volunteer

What makes a great volunteer?  Is it their DIY know-how? Their talent for making balloon-animals? Their excellent tea-making skills? Or their ‘magical’ power to make learning fun?

Most of us will be relieved to know that, while these would all be welcome skills, they’re not what makes a ‘super’ volunteer. Nor does a cape. Phew. So what does?

We asked a couple of our partners and initiative coordinators to share what they love to see in a volunteer. Here’s what some of them had to say:

1. Flexibility

“A …

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5 Questions To Ask Before Volunteering

5 Questions To Ask Before Volunteering

It’s the beginning of the year, your schedule is still relatively empty and you’d love to sign up as a volunteer before things get busy. Sound familiar? Read this to help you get going.

Volunteering is a great way to give of your time and talents, get to know people from diverse backgrounds, and learn about some of the issues impacting our city. But when it comes to choosing what to do, it can be overwhelming, daunting and sometimes downright scary. Where do you even start?

First …

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How my loneliest Christmas changed the way I celebrate

How my loneliest Christmas changed the way I celebrate

By Nathalie Koenig

My name, Nathalie, means ‘born at Christmas’ – something which I found to be pretty random, since I was born in March. That changed on 25 December 2008.

I’ve always loved Christmas – the thrills, the frills, the gammon and gravy… the family time, the presents, the carols and the Midnight Mass. And throughout my memory, it had been a happy and celebratory time. But not Christmas 2008. That was a different Christmas.

I had been in a dark and confusing place for months, and …

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Thanksgiving at Beth Uriel

Thanksgiving at Beth Uriel

“Every year at Beth Uriel is a miracle,” says programme director, Lindsay Henley. And what better way to give thanks for another year of miracles and blessings than with a thanksgiving dinner?

Beth Uriel, “House of Light”, is a home with a heart – and dining room table, or tables – bigger than most, which makes their annual thanksgiving dinner a very special event. Why a thanksgiving dinner, you might ask? “Because we have so many things to be thankful for!” explains Lindsay, their programme director.

The brightly …

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Giving The Gift of Reading

Thanks to a generous donation by the Peninsula 77 Round Table, we were able to purchase boxes of brand-new books for our Kewtown Primary Literacy Programme – opening up a whole new world of opportunity and imagination!

Members of the Peninsula 77 Round Table with Mr Balie, the Kewtown Primary principal, and volunteers and learners from the Kewtown Primary Literacy Programme

Since starting in May 2011, the Kewtown Primary Literacy Programme  has aimed to improve the reading ability of Grade 2 learners at Kewtown Primary using …

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Izandla Zethemba Teen Fun Day

On Saturday, 27 July, 20 Common Ground volunteers and four Khanyisa Church volunteers went to the Grand West Ice Rink for a day of fun with 34 teens from Izandla Zethemba.

Here’s what some of the volunteers and teens had to say about it:

Helping one another get the hang of ice skating

“I look forward to whenever there is going to be an outing with Izandla Zethemba because I know they never disappoint. When we go out we forget our problems and worries that we …

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