"Volunteering gives me a sense of empowerment and joy in creating change..": Pass the Crayon volunteer, Babi Paul, explains what volunteering means to her, and why EVERYBODY should do it!
I have always been very fond of children, and I have to gather a lot of strength and courage to not break down when I think about what those little innocent faces have been through at such a young age.
But No. To my surprise, from the moment I went to my first Pass the Crayon art workshop (at the refugee shelter in Spandau), there wasn’t a second when I wasn't smiling, for these children were full of life and happiness.
What I’ve learnt is that each child is different: the more we pay attention to the art that they're developing, the more we can learn about the kind of life they’ve experienced before reaching Europe.
"What I’ve learnt is that each child is different: the more we pay attention to the art that they're developing, the more we can learn about the kind of life they’ve experienced before reaching Europe. "
The volunteers at Pass The Crayon are made up of different nationalities, cultures, languages and outlooks. All of these differences enrich what the group represents today, and the kind of art activities that we provide the children. This enables all of us to have a great time together, driving us towards a different future.
Volunteering gives me a sense of empowerment and joy in creating change... however little it may be. Have you thought about doing the same, but still not convinced?
Whether you want to give something back to your community, learn new skills or simply make a difference to someone else’s life, volunteering is so much more than just a CV-enhancing hobby. But with spare time being something of a myth in our all-too-hectic schedules, is it worth sacrificing your evenings or weekends to do it?
"Volunteering is so much more than just a CV-enhancing hobby"
Studies from institutions such a the United Healthcare Group and the National & Community Service Cooperation prove so, and I have summarized some of the benefits (described in those studies) of volunteering in an infographic to convince you that, YES, being a volunteer is very good for you!
Whatever you can give – time, money or a warm welcome – and however big or small your action, it is needed and it will make a difference.
** Want to become a volunteer, and create art with refugee kids? Then join us at Pass the Crayon :) Our next info sessions is on November 18th at 15:00. To register for this event, click here. **
*** Don't forget to like and share Babi's article. If you want to read more of her work, check out her recent post about a PTC event, here ***