“I was raised by a family who taught me the importance of volunteering in the community. Growing up in a remote village, my mum always pointed me and my siblings to volunteering opportunities. Today, volunteering has a permanent place in my heart.
“When I arrived in Ireland 10 months ago, Donegal Volunteer Centre gave me the opportunity to set up the New Land Choir; a voluntary, intercultural choir with members from everywhere in the world.
“I also volunteer with Letterkenny Parkrun, Letterkenny Sanctuary Runners, and several events around Letterkenny.
“I volunteer not only because it helps me to connect with people, but also because it helps me to integrate in a new community and new country. I enjoy meeting new people and giving back to the community. I have made a lot of friends through volunteering, and it has helped me feel like I’m part of the community.
“I’m a seasoned musician who loves offering African songs, dance routines, and storytelling. I’m also a singer, songwriter, and composer. Volunteering has led to opportunities for me to offer my music and dance workshops at schools, churches, community centres, etc.
“Volunteering is a very good thing to do. It is the best way to integrate into a new community. Also, giving back to the community makes our world a better place.”
This National Volunteering Week, we’re celebrating the kindness, compassion and generosity of volunteers like Future.
Thank you to Future for sharing his Volunteer Story. Please email [email protected] if you’d like to share yours!