Volunteers Helping to Make a Difference

 Volunteers Helping to Make a Difference –

The definition of volunteering was expanded for the first time in 20 years in 2015 to recognise the new ways Australians give their time.

Volunteering is time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain

We continue to be overwhelmed by and very grateful for the number of people who commit to helping us in our work. Volunteers are the unsung heroes of any not for profit organisation and the individuals who have assisted us in our work are no exception.

At Kids Under Cover we are lucky to have some truly dedicated volunteers as part of our team, regular volunteers who help out in the office, at our events and even with studio maintenance and onsite inspections.

Meet Fran

Fran has been volunteering her time for Kids Under Cover for five years now, coming into the office to assist with a variety of tasks including stuffing envelopes, packing parcels for post and cooking a team lunch for the staff every few months “I love to cook, and I think it’s really important for busy teams to take time out, sit down and enjoy a meal together, it’s a good opportunity for everyone to talk and get to know each other, and a chance for me to try out new recipes” says Franny. Franny

Growing up in the country Fran’s father was the local GP so pitching in and helping out the community is nothing new to her, now retired Fran is no stranger to volunteering, prior to joining the Kids Under Cover team Fran was a volunteer at the Leukaemia Foundation for six years, and she still helps out at the Sacred Heart Mission Op Shop in Bentleigh on a regular basis.  “So many people have their priorities all mixed up, we don’t need the biggest and best of everything, I try to be grateful for what I have and help others out when I can”

Fran knows only too well the struggles faced by young people having been a high school teacher for 30 years, “teaching was tough, kids have a lot to deal with, I can only imagine the circumstances that see many of them facing homelessness.  I’m glad that I can do a bit to help

In her spare time, Franny likes to travel, earlier this year visiting Greece and Turkey and escaping to the warmer weather of Hawaii during winter.   Having beaten non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma Fran takes nothing for granted and lives life to the fullest.

We truly do appreciate the generosity of people like Fran, who give their time and their skills to help us, it really does make a difference.