My story as Made With Hope’s creative volunteer

I first stumbled upon Made With Hope three years ago whilst at University. I’ve always been interested in voluntary work and have previously spent spare time volunteering at a local charity shop, working on kids craft stalls at fairs and making creative bits and bobs for charity events. I find it really enjoyable and rewarding to spend my spare time working for a cause and helping others. Celebrating just over three years with Made With Hope has been a life-changing experience! I started by writing blog posts including information about upcoming fundraising events, international days and ongoing projects. I expected to write a few bits of creative writing but had no idea of how far it would take me! The little Made With Hope team is full of caring, passionate and special people who I have been welcomed to with open arms. Even though it’s small charity I feel like I’m making a big difference with what I do to help. I think it’s really important to feel included in every part from goals that need reaching to projects that have been completed. My creative work with Made With Hope has progressed throughout the years and I feel like I have taken on more responsibilities which is amazing! It’s great to feel trusted. I help with design work, photo editing, social media posts and even email newsletters. I love the fact that Made With Hope focus on the positive changes we’re making and how the generosity from our supporters are keeping the children happy. More importantly, I’ve had the life-changing experience of going to see all the hard work Made With Hope does at the orphanage in Tanzania. It’s overwhelming to hear of how young lives have been dramatically improved through the hard work and dedication of a small charity. It’s easy to sit at home and read through facts and figures on project successes but to see it first hand is a million percent more rewarding. I know how much heart and soul is put into making Made With Hope work everyday and to me that’s what charity is all about. What a wonderful team! As volunteers I don’t think we can ever feel like we’ve done enough but we keep on going and that’s what makes it all worth it! Here’s to many more years working for the best charity I know. Let’s be the change!

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