International Volunteers Day
Volunteers Day Blog
Volunteer Day is on 5th December 2023, it's a day that is dedicated to the people who help communities, we wanted to celebrate it by shining the light on our HR Advisor, Rita in this blog article.
Volunteering represents the strength and vibrancy of our communities through the actions we take to support each other. It allows us to make a positive impact while giving back to our communities. This is something we care about deeply at Vivify, because our goal is to help communities everywhere thrive and connect.
Not only does volunteering benefit the community, it allows us to step out of our comfort zone and learn about different cultures, lifestyles and challenges that different groups face. Through volunteering, we are able contribute to something greater than ourselves, enhance our communication, teamwork, and leadership skills. It can create a ripple effect of positivity and light because our actions can inspire those around us to get involved and make a difference in their own communities.
Rita’s Volunteering Journey
We caught up with Rita on her volunteering experience. Rita prioritises mental health, nurturing positive relationships and supportive work environments. She believes life finds its best balance when mental and physical health are nurtured. Physical activity is integral to personal and community well-being, and Rita strives to lead a healthy, active lifestyle both personally and professionally. Rita is passionate about helping others and is actively involved in social projects both professionally and personally. Currently, she is a committed co-founder and trustee of a charity, MUKUJU SAINTS dedicated to making a positive impact in the community.
Rita’s volunteer journey started back in 2021 when her and her partner connected with a pastor in Uganda who cares for 25 children. They started off helping him with costs for food and essential items and in April 2023, they decided to register it as a professional charity.
Their aims are to give the children the pastor is caring for better conditions and a better quality of life. Their long term goal is to educate and give the tools to make the communities sustainable. Their current projects include fixing flooring, ceilings, and leaks. They’ve even raised enough money to get new flooring for the house as the floor was sinking and water was leaking inside. They also have projects to gain access to the internet and electricity in their home.
Challenges with Volunteering
Rita sometimes faces challenges to find the right contractors and companies to go over to Uganda and perform these repairs. Their main way of raising money is through crowd funding/people donations. No matter how small, the impact can be huge. Rita's story reminds us that it’s important to volunteer because if everybody could do a little bit, the world could be a better place.
Working with Social Purpose
Rita chooses to work for a social purpose company, because of her passion for the wellbeing of communities. She helps communities connect and thrive every day at Vivify whilst helping communities abroad in her spare time. She has always worked in the social field from her first job as a psychologist at a children’s shelter, to being a volunteer for red cross in Portugal through to her role today as a HR advisor at Vivify. She believes this is the perfect role for her in the sense of social purpose.
To sum it up, volunteering is important as it enables us to make a positive impact on our communities, grow personally, and experience the joys of giving back. So, let’s embrace the power of volunteering and make a difference together!
You can donate to Rita’s charity here Donate | Mukuju Saints