The Heart of Volunteering: Building Connections at Breakfast

Ruth, a dedicated volunteer, reflects on the unexpected friendship and community she’s found through helping at a breakfast program.

For Ruth, volunteering isn’t just about giving back – it’s about the connections she’s built. What started as a chance encounter in a school queue has blossomed into a three-year journey filled with learning, laughter, and a deep sense of community.

 

“It’s funny how things work out,” Ruth says. “I met Maria in line, and she mentioned starting a breakfast program. I knew she could use some help, so I offered, and here I am!”

 

While Ruth volunteers in other ways around Milton Keynes, this breakfast program holds a special place in her heart. “The people here are amazing,” she beams. “I keep getting to know them on a personal level, and seeing how they come together as a group is truly fascinating.”

 

The program isn’t just about providing a nourishing meal; it’s a space for connection and support. “There’s something special about sharing a meal together,” Ruth explains. “It creates a sense of belonging and allows us to learn from each other’s experiences.”

When asked if she ever considers missing her volunteer shift, Ruth’s response is swift and resolute: “Absolutely not! This program brings me so much joy. I wouldn’t miss it for anything.”

 

Ruth’s story is a testament to the power of volunteering. It’s not just about the act of giving; it’s about the unexpected friendships, the sense of purpose, and the opportunity to be part of something bigger than oneself.

 

Are you looking to make a difference in your community? Consider volunteering! You might just discover a hidden passion and forge lifelong connections along the way.