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‘Volunteering at The London Community Foundation was such a great experience for me’

 

On occasion, The London Community Foundation is able to take on volunteers whose contribution to our work is extremely appreciated. We had the opportunity to interview one of our previous volunteers, Maxine, on her experience with us.

Coming to volunteer with us from Cape Town, South Africa – Maxine was no stranger to volunteer work. Deciding to take a year off before attending university, she spent a year travelling abroad and volunteering with non-profits and grassroots groups across the world, including Thailand, Laos and Italy. Initially only coming to London to visit family, she ended up volunteering with us five days a week for six week after hearing about our work.

Why did you decide to volunteer for The London Community Foundation and what sort of work did you do?

Last year I took a year off to travel abroad and volunteer with non-profits. Throughout the year I discovered my true love for people and my strong belief in us as active members of society, giving back to those in most need, whether it be financially or with our time and attention. I had the opportunity to do this at The London Community Foundation.

Volunteering at The London Community Foundation was a great experience, and I was able to work on a range of their initiatives, including the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund Estates programme. Working on multiple projects simultaneously taught me how important it is to pay attention to detail and how vital critical research is.

What was your favourite part of your experience at The London Community Foundation?

My favourite part of the whole experience was getting to understand what goes on behind the scenes of a charity. Before this I had only ever volunteered face-to-face with grassroots groups themselves and had never put much thought into the resources and all the time and attention needed for them to be able to help those they do.

Volunteering at The London Community Foundation was such a great experience for me and played a huge role in my final decision to study Public Relations Management, so that I can encourage large corporates to give back to the communities they operate in and around.

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