Volunteer Sharing

 I still remember the scene the first time I came to ASSIST. At that time, I was a quiet shy boy. I didn’t even know how to communicate properly with strangers or someone who I wasn’t familiar with. It was summer time. I met a really pleasant lady with a beaming smile at ASSIST. Coincidentally, the volunteer coordinator was in the lobby as well. However, I didn’t know that lady was the volunteer coordinator at that time. She encouraged me to briefly introduce myself to the volunteer coordinator. Finally, I took her valuable advice, and got involved with the ASSIST volunteer program. Without her inspiration, I probably wouldn’t choose to be a volunteer at ASSIST Community Services Centre, because I have never sold myself to others. In other words, I didn’t have enough self-confidence to do that.

 By sharing this short story to all of you, I truly want to say being a volunteer altered me a lot and helped me realize how crucial volunteering it is for the community. Now, I have been volunteering at ASSIST for two years. During theses two years, I could answer questions mostly asked by the clients in a confident and professional manner. Due to working at the front desk, I will meet many clients who are seeking various services such as filling out applications, translating documentation, and so on. Multitasking has become a significant skill for me.  When the staff is busy, we volunteers will be the very first people in touch with the clients. Good etiquette and bright smiles are two effective tools to leave a positive impression on our clients. ASSIST staff has taught me lots of valuable lesson which I probably have never learned from the school.

Now, if someone asks me, “why are you willing to be a volunteer?” I wouldn’t tell them it is to help others by making a difference and giving back to their community or something like that, since it sounds too noble a reason for most of people. Even I do think those kind of reasons are my primary motivation of being a volunteer and probably no one is going to believe me at all. Instead, I am going to tell them how volunteering affects me. Whenever I have enough leisure time, I will definitely keep doing what a volunteer ought to do in the ASSIST Community Services Centre. Meanwhile, I really hope more new blood can be injected into this big family.

 

Chris Tang

 

 

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