Become a volunteer for a day and discover that it is very easy to make a difference in the life of someone else just by being yourself!
The Big Volunteer Day is a day full of projects where we help people who need it – baking pancakes for the homeless, playing sports with homeless young people, revamping the petting zoo, a fun day for people with disabilities, working out with the elderly – and through that, Serve the City wants to connect our city by helping each other.
We offer volunteers opportunities to roll up their sleeves and serve with the other people and organizations they meet. You do not see where someone comes from, but through conversations, you get to know each other. In this way, we work towards fighting social inequality, and we make an appeal to the social involvement of residents, volunteers and organizations.
The Big Volunteer Day is the perfect opportunity to meet and connect with all sorts of people. The experience was very positive, and everyone in the project that we visited was so happy that we were there that it made me personally more happy to be there and share the joy with everybody. It was just so lovely to connect with people with different learning abilities and still find common ground through jokes, crafts and games.
I really like the idea behind STC, which is to go out and do things to help people. I also really like the STC initiative in connecting someone who needs something with someone that can provide it, be it time or resources or something else. Volunteering with STC is also a great way to get out there in the city amongst people whom you wouldn't normally come across.
I chose to be part of the team that prepared lunch for the volunteers. I chose this project because I like to cook, and so I enjoy cooking for other people. It's a very Portuguese thing. I want to help create an environment where everyone feels welcomed and that they feel like they can approach others and make a difference.
When we work together with social organisations in the city, we get to know where more of the needs and problems are and we also learn who needs our help the most. Social organisations have lots of work that they can do, and are glad to have extra volunteers who can assist them in helping different communities. Serve the City stands in that gap.
I helped out at the refugee centre and played games with the refugee children. I chose this project in particular because I have a very international background and I like working in an intercultural setting. I'll take any available opportunity to work with people from other cultures because I love it!