Last night, as I was drifting off to sleep, I was thinking about National Volunteer week and the volunteers past and present that have and do contribute to the work of Mothers Helpers. It warms my heart to think of every single person that has contributed in some way. There is something about a Mothers Helpers volunteer. Every single person that has volunteered for Mothers Helpers in any capacity has had one thing in common: they are really good, kind and giving people. I love spending time with them, I love working with them – they’re probably the people I feel most akin to. Each one of us is motivated to sacrifice our own time to ease another person’s suffering. I admire and respect people like that. They’re the kind of people I want to hang out with. I liken our volunteers’ contribution to the work of Mothers Helpers to that of a single patch in a large quilt. Every piece of fabric is woven together to create something larger that provides warmth and comfort. Every piece is valuable and every piece is needed to provide a unique and vibrant pattern.
It is with this metaphor in mind that I have decided to create a quilt with each volunteer that has contributed to our work representing a patch as a reminder of what we have created and continue to create together. Each patch will be chosen and named for the volunteer that has worked with us, and will be remembered for the work that they have done to help New Zealand mothers and families.
Volunteering makes you feel good. It brings out the very best of ourselves. It unites us with other good people. It contributes something good to our community. It makes the world a better place. Thank you to every single one of the volunteers that have contributed to the work of Mothers Helpers since its inception five years ago.
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Kristina Paterson, Founder