World Volunteer Day | December 2016
“This was my first volunteer experience. I came across MDA on the Volunteering Queensland website and when I read about the Family Match program, I knew I wanted to be involved. It’s been so lovely to get to know the family and spend time with them in their home.
“The best part is the big change I’ve seen in the six months I’ve known them. At the start, the dad and I concentrated on learning road signs to help him get his driver’s licence – which he now has. With the mum, we worked on her English and numbers so she could understand the timetables or read by herself when appointments were. We cooked together and this was a great way to get to know each other. Without her even realising it, her English really improved. Their son is such a dedicated and passionate student. I help him with his homework and grammar and also point him in the direction of where to access resources online. Their progress really comes down to them and the hard work they’ve done.
“I’d definitely encourage others to get involved with the Family Match program at MDA. It’s so encouraging to come back each week to smiling faces. It is honestly one of the best things I’ve ever done and the Sunday mornings I spend at their home is the highlight of my week. Their spirit to keep pushing and learning new things is so inspiring after all they have been through. Now that the official part of Family Match is over, I’ll still come visit them each week.”
Nicole is an MDA volunteer, who is involved in MDA’s Family Match program. She’s sharing her story for World Volunteer Day on Monday, 5 December.
MDA needs Family Match volunteers willing to travel to suburbs between Inala and Ipswich and between Bracken Ridge and Kippa-Ring. The Family Match program involves spending time with a client family each week for six months. If you’d like to get involved, please click here.