Brendan Burris, age 23, Administrative and Donated Goods Volunteer provides a essential sorting service to help us make the most of the generous donations that are received daily at The Whitechapel Centre, and helps out with general administrative duties.
My day starts with …….
I am naturally an early riser normally awake at 5 am to eat breakfast, exercise, catch-up on the day’s news, and to get ready for my day. I am much more of a morning person, partly because of having to get up early to attend school, and for previous jobs.
I’m responsible for ……..
I usually work two days a week for The Whitechapel Centre. On one of the days, I am responsible for managing the inflow of donations that people bring to the Centre. I organised those donations into categories, and arrange for either their safe storage or distribution of items to our service users. While volunteering in the admin office, I do whatever is needed, whether that is filing, photocopying or inputting data. I try to do whatever I can.
I got the job …..
I wanted to give back to the community; I see it as somewhat of a responsibility that we have as citizens to work together to make the environment around us as peaceful as possible. Volunteering at The Whitechapel Centre is a great opportunity to give back to those around us that truly need our help . The Pre-volunteer course really opened my eyes to the scope of the work that The Whitechapel Centre does as an organisatio. My awareness before I started was focused solely on the centre on Langsdale Street; the course made me realise the many services that The Whitechapel Centre provides.
My most memorable moment……
The new people I have met, whether volunteers or service users, and the connections I have made - these are definitely some of the most memorable moments I have had.
The best part of my job…..
It is amazing to be able to help service users and see the appreciation they have for the staff and volunteers. The best time of the year has to be Christmas when huge amounts of donations come in and we are kept real busy!
I am grateful for…..
Being fortunate enough that I can give back my time and energy towards volunteering.
After work I enjoy…..
A good book, I enjoy reading books, mostly non-fiction and historical, playing and watching different sports and when time allows, travelling and exploring new places and cities.
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