The opportunity to volunteer at the De Mazenod Door Outreach and Mission with Youth programs at St. Patrick’s Church has created wonderful experiences for me. De Mazenod Door’s mission is to give comfort and aid to the poor and marginalized in the Hamilton community that have nowhere else to turn to, and I have seen this put into action while being an active volunteer. I witnessed the reality of poverty within the Hamilton community, and even though it is truly a sad reality, it is amazing that this outreach is able to help a wide range of these individuals who suffer.
I did not just simply learn how to make a yummy sandwich; I learned how to use my compassion to help and support those individuals who are looking for a safer and healthier life. Although I witnessed the challenges that these individuals whom this outreach serves face every day, my favourite part was seeing the smiles on their faces when they are being nourished. Throughout my volunteer time, I researched about various services within Hamilton that provide resources for individuals in need, ranging from food banks, shelters, employment agencies, mental health services and many more.
As I work towards my Bachelor of Social Work degree, I believe becoming educated about these services within Hamilton is vital for my future career, no matter what field of social work I decide to pursue. Along with volunteering at the De Mazenod Door, volunteering at the Kids Klub program with the Mission with Youth has been another great opportunity. I love interacting with kids and teaching them new skills, so this program allowed me to do so in a fun and creative way while playing games, leading baking sessions, and letting them speak about their Christian faith.
Overall, the staff at St. Patrick’s has blessed me with these amazing opportunities to volunteer within the Hamilton community. I am so grateful to have met the kind and supportive staff and volunteers at St. Patrick’s whom have shared with me their wisdom as well as made me feel so welcome within the St. Patrick’s community.
Although I am very thankful to receive a bursary within the Summer Volunteer Bursary Program at King’s University College for my volunteer efforts, I would have done it without any compensation. Which is why I will remain a committed volunteer at De Mazenod Door, because I look forward to creating more valuable experiences and memories.