Are you interested in getting more involved with CAFOD but uncertain about how you should go about it? New volunteer Dan, from Hackney, shares his story of how he came to volunteer with CAFOD and why he thinks you should do the same:
“I imagine that I am not alone in wanting to do more to help others.
There are no doubt countless people who feel that there is something more they should do to get involved but who do not put that admirable thought into action. Until very recently I was one of those people but thanks to CAFOD I have taken a tentative step into the world of doing more. It feels wonderful and I would heartily recommend it!
Putting my name down after mass as being interested in volunteering with CAFOD led to a call from the CAFOD Westminster coordinator. He took the time to run me through the myriad ways in which it is possible to help CAFOD with more than just a donation; ways which provide much more spiritual nourishment to you than setting up a direct debit (although that is obviously still important!)
Once we had worked out one or two avenues which could work for me, we sorted out what the next steps would be and I was on my way. It was as easy as that.
My first step was to attend the CAFOD Campaign Conference on 10 November at Westminster Cathedral, where the ‘Hungry for Change’ campaign was launched. It was an inspiration – from the experienced supporters whose stories of previous campaigns brought it all to life, to the younger generation who brought new energy to the event, everyone showed great enthusiasm for Hungry for Change and for CAFOD. The day’s talks, seminars and interactive sessions were fascinating and the unseasonal outdoor picnic stunt in front of the cathedral was a fantastic experience!
I finished the day feeling uplifted and content and am already looking forward to the next event in January. In the mean time I’m going to get more involved in promoting CAFOD in my parish.
If you want to do more to help others then I would encourage you to get in touch with CAFOD and really start to make a difference to other people’s lives. Aside from being the right thing to do, it’s also very easy and a lot of fun.”
A great way to find out more about volunteering with CAFOD is to come to Understanding CAFOD Day. There you will learn all you’d like to know about what CAFOD stands for, what our work entails and how you can help to make a difference. The event will take place on Saturday 26 January at Amigo Hall (next to St George’s Cathedral), 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 6HU. For more information and to book a place, contact CAFOD Westminster by phone at 0208 449 6970 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.