National Volunteer Week is Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteering and will be held on 16-22 May 2022. Volunteers are vital to the success of non-profit organisations in Australia. Hands of Hope is no exception – our activities are run by loving, faithful and hardworking volunteers. Talking of loving, faithful and hardworking, let’s meet Sheryl, one of our volunteers who is all that and more.

Question: We’d love to know you better, Sheryl. Tell us about yourself.

I’m currently working full-time as a support worker. I come from Singapore and have a double degree in Behavioural Science and Justice from QUT. My childhood dream was to be a police officer. I love bushwalking, running – anything to do with the outdoors, really! And I enjoy listening to music.

Question: What do you do for Hands of Hope?

I started out packing and delivering food parcels in the Salt and Light (now known as Hope Pantry) program. I’m also a volunteer for Good Neighbours, helping out in activities for this program which brings Pallara residents together.

Question: You have a full-time job, yet make time to volunteer regularly with Hands of Hope. Why?

It’s because my passion is helping people in need of all ages and cultures. I’ve met so many interesting people when delivering food parcels! Learnt a lot from them, especially from mothers doing it tough. I’m able to understand and do so much just by listening to people. I’m glad when I can help them. If I can’t, I introduce them to another organisation that will.

Want to make an impact in the community and meet some new friends, just as Sheryl did? Join our Volunteer Team to make an impact in our community! Click this link to find out how you can make a difference.