Volunteering Experience: CAFOD Office Volunteer Marie

Meet CAFOD Volunteer Marie Baines Holmes who has over 16 years of volunteering at the CAFOD volunteer centre.

CAFOD Office Volunteer Marie Baines Holmes

CAFOD Office Volunteer Marie Baines Holmes at the CAFOD Westminster Volunteer Centre

Thank you to Marie Baines Holmes for your commitment to CAFOD as a volunteer for over 16 years.

Marie has been very active in both in the Westminster volunteer Centre in Oakwood as well as in her Parish in Barnet.

Marie joined us in the office, back in 2001, volunteering initially twice a week, having retired as a school secretary in Primary School.

When asked why CAFOD? Marie was keen to explain how she was drawn to the way CAFOD works through partners who work on the ground with whole communities overseas and this is a really- good way to work.

CAFOD Volunteer Marie with other CAFOD Volunteers and Supporters at the CAFOD Westminster Bike Ride

CAFOD Volunteer Marie with other CAFOD Volunteers and Supporters at the CAFOD Westminster Bike Ride

During her time in the office Marie has taken on a huge variety of responsibilities to help with the smooth running of the office and supporting volunteers across the Diocese of Westminster.

“My work has included numerous activities on the computer such as running the office accounts, processing donations, preparing newsletters and updating the office database.”

Marie has helped prepare for numerous volunteer events such as nine CAFOD Westminster sponsored Bike Rides, Volunteer training events and Campaigns.

When asked why she likes volunteering from CAFOD? Marie explained. “I feel it is a way of giving of myself and doing my bit. Just because you don’t have lots of money to give it doesn’t mean you can’t contribute by giving of time instead”


CAFOD Volunteers Marie and Dawn hosting a soup lunch

Marie is also a brilliant cook and has contributed to our great hospitality by preparing homemade soup which she has also served at volunteer events over the years.

Marie is also a very active in her Parish CAFOD Group who meet regularly at the Parish of Mary Immaculate & St Gregory, 82 Union Street, BARNET, Hertfordshire

“Our Parish Group is active in promoting the twice yearly CAFOD Fast days and advocacy campaigns.  Over the years our members have joined CAFOD on various marches and lobbies of Parliament related to Climate Change, The mining industries, and cancellation of debt.”

“Our Parish has also hosted visits of inspiring CAFOD partners over the years. We’ve also organised fundraising events such as a CAFOD sponsored walk, regular soup lunches and my husband Rob and I also took part in a sponsored Bike Ride for CAFOD in 2007.  We’ve also organised prayer events such as Stations of the Cross using lovely reflections from CAFOD.”

When asked, what would you say to others thinking about volunteering for CAFOD here in the local volunteer centre? Marie said “It’s an ideal thing to do when you retire. It’s a good way of giving to a good cause.  I’ve really enjoyed meeting nice people and enjoy volunteering every week. So, it’s not just me giving to CAFOD, but I get something out of it and look forward to it too!”

Thank you Marie for all the years of support you have given CAFOD and we look forward to the many years to come!

If you are inspired by Marie’s volunteering experience, you too can become a volunteer! Sign up today!

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