By Diane Holloway
Welcome to 2014, the year we resolve to do good work and be better people. If you’re like me, you make the same resolutions every year and keep a few. Volunteering at Trinity Center is one that I kept years ago, and it changed my life. Maybe it will change yours, too!
The beginning of a new year is a time for growth, new commitments and re-commitments. If you are already a member of our merry band, thank you and please stay with us! We depend on you every day, and we are better for having you with us. For better or worse, you are Trinity Center staff — minus the paycheck! Sometimes re-commitment means making changes to keep things interesting, so if you want to switch from one day to another — or one task to another — just tell us.
If you have the time and the desire to make a difference in the lives of people in need and have not come to Trinity, please join us. We are open Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., and we prefer to have volunteers who are willing to commit to one day a week — or at least one day every other week. Close relationships between volunteers and neighbors foster the trust and affection we treasure here, and that doesn’t happen with one-time helpers.
Trinity Center’s mission is to serve the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of people experiencing homelessness and poverty in Austin. In many ways, Trinity serves the same needs of volunteers and full-time staff. We are enriched by the community we are privileged to serve. Smiles, gratitude and respect wash over us every day, and there is nothing quite like it anywhere else.
Go to Our Programs and check out the opportunities. We have women-only days, financial assistance days, popcorn-and-movie days and just-hanging-out days. When you find the right fit, fill out the online application and then give me a call (512-610-3572). We’ll meet, talk and tour the center. Next you will shadow a veteran volunteer on the day you choose. You will be changed by the experience and fulfilled by the passion of our mission. Promise.
Happy New Year! May 2014 be your best. Blessings are abundant and meant to be shared, so please commit or re-commit to serving our neighbors at Trinity Center. We need you.