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This National Volunteer Week we are taking a moment to celebrate some of our amazing volunteers and their invaluable contribution to Connect Health & Community.
Lyn wears many hats as a volunteer.
She’s the president of the auxiliary and is always thinking of creative new ways to raise money and get people involved ways that work for them.
She’s used her accounting background to balance the tills for hydrotherapy strength training. And she’s also on the Community Transport team as a jockey - where she does temperature checks, makes sure clients are happy in their regular seats, buckles them up and on the journey.
On top of all that, she also cares for her mother and shares her spare time with other community groups including the Bentleigh Senior Citizens’ and her gardening club.
These days, Lyn’s time is in high demand. Her secret?
Use what you’ve got to make a difference.
“I’m always thinking of something. I like to get people to come together. You don’t need to have a lot of people to have an impact, just a group with bright ideas,” said Lyn.
She says she gets it from her Dad, who was always an organiser.
While she makes a significant impact in all her roles, Lyn says it hardly feels like work.
“I’m just having fun. I don’t feel like a real volunteer.”
Lyn says volunteering is not about the recognition, but doing what you’re good at and what feels good for you.
“I don’t do it for kudos or a reward. I do it because it’s a part of me. I was put on earth for a reason and I can make people's lives easier. It’s all a win-win.”
Lyn embodies community spirit and approaches everything with creativity, enthusiasm and a great sense of humour.
She says the team of staff, volunteers and clients at Connect Health & Community have become like an extended family to her.
“It’s so welcoming and that’s what I feel like every day I come in. I come in here and it feels like I’m walking into another room of my house. I love it here.”
Thank you, Lyn and our exceptional team of volunteers.
The theme of the 2022 National Volunteer Week is ‘Better Together’.
Our volunteers are valued members of the Connect Health & Community team. By giving their time, skills and dedication, our volunteers make a priceless contribution to our community.
With more than 150 volunteers lending a hand, we couldn’t support our community without them.
For more information on volunteering and how you can sign up, visit https://connecthealth.org.au/about-us/volunteer-with-us/
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