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Why I Volunteer – Nicole Lodge

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nicolelodgeMy name is Nicole Lodge. I am from Fort St. James B.C. Over the last three years I have resided in Prince George while attending university. Volunteering has always been an important aspect in my life. Prince George offers a vast number of programs and organizations to volunteer with! I got started by talking to a representative at the Volunteer Prince George table advertising for volunteers. I found it difficult to just choose a couple places to volunteer at. I wanted to choose them all! I finally chose two programs that I could help out with while working towards achieving my Bachelors of Social Work degree.

The first one was the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization where I volunteer with a youth girl on a weekly basis. We play games and talk about the issues she is facing as well as bake. She loves to bake! Secondly, I chose the CNIB where I volunteer as a vision mate. In this position I assist a young woman with vision loss to be more independent. These positions both call for empathy and respect. They allow me to work within this community to help others out to the best of my abilities. Over the course of my placements each relationship has grown immensely. I have many great volunteer memories. I love to see the youth women smiling and enjoying the time with me as much as I do with them. One moment where I could not help but smile was when the young BBBS girl told me that the only reason she comes to school is to see me. She always has letters and drawings for me stating how important I am to her. I cannot explain in words the amount of joy and happiness I get from each of these relationships. I want to share with others that are considering a volunteer position.

… there is no better feeling then knowing because of your work you are helping change or improve the life of another! Volunteering has hands down changed my life!

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