A great big thank you!
This International Volunteers Day we want to say a huge thank you to all of our volunteers!
Volunteers are essential to our work. Each year, they collectively donate thousands of hours of their time and raise thousands of pounds to support our work in sub-Saharan Africa. From the volunteers who pack books in our warehouse to our Community and Publisher Ambassadors who spread word about our work, run marathons and fundraise for us in their communities and work places, volunteers contribute so much to the work and life of the charity. We really couldn’t do what we do without them!
Here, Giorgia, our Operations Officer and Team Lead who works closely with our warehouse volunteers reflects on all that they bring to the charity:
As a small charity, Book Aid International relies heavily on the contribution of volunteers. We often say to them ‘we couldn’t do it without you’ and this is the absolute truth. I cannot think of any other words for how valued their work here is.
We are very lucky to have a loyal group of volunteers. Despite having full and busy lives, they still commit a day a week to come here and help. Some have been with us for years, including Jean who celebrates 25 years volunteering at Book Aid International this week!
Mostly the volunteers will help with processing the books for shipment – shelving books when they arrive from book donors, picking books selected for an order and then packing them. Without their help, I doubt very much we would be in the position we find ourselves in – close to sending one million books to our partners for the third year running.
At Book Aid International, we do not see volunteers simply as people who donate their time to us. They are an integral part of the Book Aid International family. I think this is reflected in the way they go above and beyond the call of duty. When the flower pots in front of our building were empty, our volunteer Gill took it upon herself to bring plants and flowers from her garden and to gives us a wonderful little garden of our own! Many of our volunteers also like to celebrate their milestones (such as packing a certain number of books) by bringing in cakes. Others spoil us with fruit and vegetables from their gardens!
Recently, our volunteer Paul had to relocate to another part of England. We were very sad to see him go but were delighted that he came to say hello when he was visiting London. He even helped pack a few books!
I could not imagine Book Aid International without volunteers. Without them, we could never achieve the things we do. I would like to say a big thank you to our volunteers and to all volunteers around the world, for their amazing efforts and commitment.