On the 6th of May 2021, thirteen Grade 12 students had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer and serve at the Chelsea Methodist Church.
We were able to learn more about the Church’s mission and its work as a centre that has had its doors and hearts open since 1903 for the homeless and vulnerable, offering them hot meals, clothes, postal services, a place to shower and even to do laundry. It was truly eye-opening to learn about all the work put into offering these services even with the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the sheer impact and value of their work for the homeless and vulnerable people that rely on them.
During the day, all of us took on different tasks to help out around the church, such as assisting in the preparation of the hot meal boxes in the kitchen, organising the postal office, sorting donated clothes, and handing out the hygiene packs we had prepared earlier to those who came by, both at the Church’s Community Drop-In and at the World’s End Estate nearby. We all found the experience truly rewarding and it was very gratifying to see first-hand the impact of our service on the people that came by.
Overall, I am so truly grateful to have had the chance to serve and volunteer at the Church yesterday and play my small part in giving back to our shared community. This experience re-enforced in all of us the true value and importance of volunteering and the impact it can have, and has definitely inspired us to do our best to continue helping this wonderful charity and others like it in the future.
Sahana, Grade 12