Meet Tetiana, a volunteer who found a new home in Ireland after surviving the war in Ukraine. Her experience of loss taught her to appreciate every moment of life and motivated her to help others, especially fellow Ukrainians fleeing from the war.

“Nice to meet you. My name is Tetiana, and I am delighted to share with you my volunteer experience.
“I was blessed to stay alive after the occupation of Bucha, when the war in Ukraine started. We (my husband and my daughters) survived when a missile crashed into our apartment.
“We found our new home in Ireland after escaping from occupied territory. After settling in Ireland, I was happy to join Roscommon Volunteer Centre. Here my new life story starts.
“The experience of losing everything I had– my country, my home, my job, my friends – taught me to appreciate every moment of life. When I see here so many Ukrainians fleeing from war, I can’t stand aside. I feel that helping them, supporting and being with them – when they need it the most – is my way to show my gratitude to everyone who was there for me when I was in terrible need.
“‘Sharing is caring,’ a very wise man told me. I want to make it my life’s motto. I am convinced, that together with a wonderful team of volunteers, my impact can be more valuable and we can help and support more people.
“When I see my daughters’ happy faces, I know, that my life is an example for them. I hope they’ll manage to bring light of hope to people around them through despair and difficulties. I believe that only together we can make this world better. Even a tiny smile, kind word, or warm hug can change lives around us.”

This National Volunteering Week, we’re celebrating the kindness, compassion, and generosity of volunteers like Tetiana. 

Thank you to Tetiana for sharing her Volunteer Story. Please email [email protected] if you’d like to share yours!

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