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Celebrating National Volunteers Week: “In giving you receive”

May 18, 2020
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Be is proud to have 229 volunteers assisting to support over 32,000 clients across Queensland. Our volunteers play an integral role in our business and contribute through a variety of roles including driving, social support, event hosts, center-based activities, shopping assistance, Community Visitor Scheme and Telefriends.

Kay Densmore is a volunteer driver in the North Brisbane region and has been volunteering for Be for two years. After working full time for 28 years Kay was looking for something to do to fill her says and came across Be through Facebook by accident. “I had been a driver for Australia Post for 15 years and I love going out and about. After talking to Be I knew I would fit right in,” said Kay.

Be Volunteer Coordinator Charmaine Lucas said, “this year the National Volunteer Week theme is Changing Communities. Changing Lives and where has been no greater time than now for that theme to be true. Our volunteers are key to our Be community and you do change lives.”

In giving you receive.

Kay can see that her contribution to the community is helping change the lives of people around her. “I meet so many beautiful people with all sorts of things going on in their lives and I just love to have a chat with them, share a laugh and make them smile,” Kay explains.

Kay shared that one of the Be clients she has been visiting during the coronavirus situation, Shirley, has been knitting dolls. “Shirley gave me two dolls to share with my grandchildren and that’s just one of the reasons I love volunteering as I get to create personal connections,” Kay said.

Kay shared touching words as to what volunteering means to her. Saying “it’s giving yourself freely by helping others who are in need without expecting anything in return.  There is a little saying that I try very hard to live by and that is “in giving you receive”, that to me says it all in a nutshell,” said Kay.

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