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ISPCC - Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
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Volunteering is perhaps one of the most vital contributing factors towards the cogs of the working world. From offering free time in a charity shop, to jetting off to foreign lands in search of new experiences outside of your comfort zone, every single voluntary minute is valued.
My name is Niall Heneghan, and I am a 20 year old Arts student here in the University of Limerick and I am currently on my co-op placement as an administrator within the Community Liaison Office. Over the coming weeks, I will be running this blog that will aim to discuss various topics linked to volunteering and ongoing topics. However, what good would this be if I don’t introduce you all to the team? It isn’t just me within the office, as I work with two other colleagues of mine named Arlene Loughnane and Joanne Padden. To get to know us better, we wrote individual pieces under the following pointers to get to know us better!:
Why we chose this line of work
What is the most rewarding part about working within this field
Why we think volunteering is as important as it is
A single piece of advice we would give volunteers
I chose to apply for this co-op opportunity as I grew up constantly putting my name forward for every opportunity possible. I always believed in the mindset that even the smallest contribution can make all the difference. If ten people put in a tenth of the effort, they can learn to build relationships and develop teamwork skills. This would mean that even if you have only a few hours to give, by all means do it! When I saw an opportunity to promote volunteering to a large demographic, I jumped at it. The most rewarding thing about this opportunity is seeing the number of new registrations rise with the amount we promote and how often. It’s great seeing our community grow stronger and stronger. The reason I think volunteering is as important as it is, is because countless organizations rely on goodwill to provide services for many reasons such as financial restrictions and the likes. If a charity that aided the homeless population of Ireland had to pay every volunteer, that would mean there would be less funds to be allocated for the cause. Offering your time helps these people achieve their goals at a much larger scale. If one was to be interested in doing this, the piece of advice I would give would be to not be afraid or second guess your quality of contribution. You do not have to volunteer every day, nor even every week. Many organizations would be more than happy to receive voluntary support whenever possible. If you can even give a few hours, do it!
. Get involved in as many volunteering roles as you can – the more diverse the better! But more importantly advice for students who maybe considering volunteering for the first time – just do it! No volunteer has ever said they regretted it!
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