AT HOME through the eyes of volunteers

Then one word came to my mind - volunteering

During my active working life, I met the vast majority with people who passed on positive energy to their surroundings. And I'm grateful to them for being able to move forward. I didn't think about it then and I took everything for granted. After retiring, after a while I began to realize a kind of emptiness, the feeling that it's not over yet, that I should start paying my debts. Debts to all those people who gave me that positive energy. In the overwhelming majority, I did not even thank them at the time, nor did I even realize that they had changed me with their attitude, some small gesture or an ordinary word. Then one word came to my mind - volunteering. The choice was probably decided by the fact that my childhood friend was a co-founder of the non-profit organization Doma u Kapucínov. At the beginning, I liked the role of the distributor the most, but at the moment I help as a food packer.


It is a new experience to learn to be "at home" with yourself first

Volunteering at Home near Kapucínov came in my way. On the night train to Košice with Majka, who told me in more detail what this was about. And so it began. First experience with packing packages and later delivery, which I will not forget. To see the reality in which clients live. The babies left me alone with one client for a while and they went to hand over the packages to another. It was a moment to talk, to hear about her pains, worries, and what was bothering her. Then some time passed again and I joined the social workers.

What this volunteering gives me is a new experience of learning to be "at home" with yourself first (inside yourself), and thus to come from yourself and be close to what they need most.


It is not a charity that only gives food

My name is Petě and Doma u Kapucínov I have been working as a delivery man since April 2018. My task is to bring our clients a package of food once a month, which will be prepared for them by my fellow packers in the warehouse.

I decided on this non-profit after I understood that it is not a charity that only gives food. Clients are actively cared for by our social workers, who try to help them in various difficult life situations. In return, clients must cooperate and actively participate in resolving their situation, otherwise we will end the assistance.

I am glad that I can be part of a project that makes sense, not by giving food, but above all by trying to improve the lives of our clients together with their own efforts.


Then I will say that it would be good to have wings

My name is Vilma. My job at home near Kapucínov is to work in a warehouse. This means accepting food from donors, storing it, sorting it by expiration date and recording it. I like this job, I will rest mentally during it and at the same time I have a good feeling that I can serve others. Sometimes I also experience comic situations when unloading, it is mainly before the holidays, when there are more donors, so we have a full store of food and you can't go there at all. Then I will say that it would be good to have wings. So far, it has always been possible to sort even without wings. I believe that this work makes sense for others and for me.


I found a community of people with the same desire to help

Hi, my name is Barbora and I have been working at Home near Kapucínov as a volunteer social worker for the last year. At a time when I knew I wanted to devote myself more and more to the social work I studied, I was struck by a Facebook link. For me, an unknown non-profit organization was looking for volunteers. I didn't hesitate and called. The non-profit At Home near Kapucínov gave me space to be able to do what essentially fulfills me. For me, volunteering means a service that gives me more than it takes. I have found a community of people with the same desire to help and move the lives of others forward. I have found friends I can turn to in any situation. We educate ourselves, organize joint activities and support each other. If you have such a base of people around you, then it is easier for you to spread the good further and be here for those who need it.


I must say that I sometimes felt ashamed

Hi, my name is Martin and I have been working at Home near Kapucínov as a delivery person for more than 4 years. Many people think that people who need our help are to blame for this situation. But throughout this period, I have seen how different life situations can dramatically change your standard of living. I must say that I sometimes felt ashamed of the problems I was dealing with in my head. But I also experienced many happy moments that the families shared with me and my partner for delivery. So it is enrichment on both sides. "One person can change the world, but he can't do it alone." Hold on!


I met amazing, clever and talented people here

Within Dom u Kapucínov, I am in charge of fundraising, which includes communication and administration of donors and non-profit financing. I get a lot of information by networking for foreign volunteering and communicating with other non-profits. For me, fundraising is a combination of communication and meeting new people, and the subsequent connection to the amazing idea and message that Doma u Kapucínov brings.

I perceive the organization as such a real HOME not only for the people in need we help, but also for the volunteers. As in life and at home, I experienced a lot of difficult moments here, but it also brought me a lot of nice, humorous and joyful moments. I met amazing, clever and talented people here, each of them is a gift to me and the relationships I have here are very valuable to me and I am incredibly grateful for them.


When handing over packages to people, I wonder how they are doing

My name is Peter. I have been a volunteer at Dom u Kapucínov for the second year as a delivery person. When handing over packages to people, I wonder how they are doing, what is going on in their lives and what they want to share. Sharing their life events is important because it is possible to help them effectively in this way.

I got into volunteer service after deciding to devote part of my free time to meaningful activities in the form of service to other people.

I am glad that Doma u Kapucínov organizes professional seminars on social topics. They contribute to the deepening of knowledge necessary for effective work with a person in an unfavorable life situation. I am also pleased that the seminars provide a space for contact with other volunteers.


We wanted to connect nice words with nice deeds

Hi, my name is Veronika and I have been a volunteer at Doma u Kapucínov almost since the establishment of the organization. I'm in charge of food packaging. I got to the service through my meeting at the time, in which we decided that we would like to connect nice words with nice deeds. And so, for a while, we exchanged our meeting room once a month for a food store.

At home, it grew close to my heart, I liked the idea of ​​the whole project, focusing on the layer of "invisibly poor", whose poverty lies mainly in loneliness, lack of leadership and good examples from their own family, helplessness against authorities, abuses that rob people of dignity and lead it to the brink of subsistence. Being able to help these people in a way that not only feeds, but mainly leads to independence and responsibility, is something I am still here for. And increasingly also for the community and the relationships we create / learn to create and we move and enrich each other. Just like Home :-).


People in need have my admiration for fighting for a better life every day

Hi, my name is Mischa. I got acquainted with the non-profit Doma u Kapucínov about four years ago, so that before Christmas I contributed by buying food to the project "Stool, stretch!". After another collection, in which I also involved my surroundings, I said to myself that I could do a little more for a good cause. And so it all began. I was originally engaged in food packaging in our warehouse. However, my private duties forced me to take a break, and upon my return came the challenge of working in a marketing team and helping to present our organization on Instagram. People in need have my admiration for fighting for a better life every day. Thanks to this work, I often realize how happy I am for what I have in life.


I'm glad I can be a part of something very targeted

My name is Simona and I have been a volunteer at Doma u Kapucínov for 4 years as a delivery person. I was prompted to do so by the departure of a man I had never met in person, but subconsciously I still sensed his footsteps; it's Anton Srholec. When he left, he told the people not to bring flowers to his funeral, but rather to do a good deed. I took it literally and we managed to financially support the seller Nota Bene. As part of this, I learned that my long-time friend Beatka works as a volunteer at home near Kapucínov and, together with the organization, gave a helping hand to the seller in the form of a food package. And so, for the first time, I learned about a work that appealed to me from the first moment, and I'm glad that I can be a part of something very targeted, concrete, something that helps not because you deserve it, but because you need it.


Many of them were pushed behind the line of restful sleep with fear of a new morning

Capuchin care for the poor and needy is a distinctive feature of our charism

I see the work Doma u Kapucínov as a great idea with a team of enthusiastic experts. I am impressed by the focus on the invisible group of socially weaker people and families. Many of them were pushed by the circumstances or an uncompromising social line beyond the line of restful sleep with fear of a new morning. The group is also completed by people with a reduced threshold of responsibility or weathered work habits. The work is intended to serve people who themselves desire change, but also those whom we want to accompany along the way and teach responsibilities for bread crumbs or paid on time.

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