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Wanting to serve the community!

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Wanting to serve the community

Sarah Yusuf is a postgraduate student doing a Master of Science degree in Pharmacology and Drug Discovery.

She is an international student and her reason for volunteering came about from her desire to serve the community in the city she is studying, and we are very fortunate indeed, that she came to Coventry!

Sarah said:

“At first, I wasn’t sure how to go about offering my services. I really wanted to contribute in some way to help my local community. I contacted the volunteering department within the Students’ Union and they made it easy for me by providing numerous volunteering options which included one of the University’s Make A Difference Day (MADD) projects at the Coventry food and clothing bank”.

As with a lot of charities, they rely heavily on the volunteers to help with the day-to-day running of the organisation and with the food and clothing bank, it means that there is a lot of sorting and packing to be done, so they need a regular supply of willing volunteers.

Sarah made sure she found out more about the charity and the work they do to receive and distribute food and clothing to those desperately in need:

“I was greatly inspired when I saw how much this facility does to provide basic provisions to those who really need it”, said Sarah.

On the MADD task, Sarah had various duties from assessing the quality of clothing to ensure they were clean and in good condition, to sorting and packing food items so that they were ready for dispatch.

Sarah (second from the right) with her fellow helpers at the food bank

Sarah added: “It was humbling to see how much food had been donated by the good people of Coventry to this cause.

“I sorted the food into different categories and stored them on shelves according to their expiry dates in order to minimise waste. This was a good way of utilising my organisation skills.

“I also enjoyed working with the other staff and students. It felt good to be part of a team. It was also, for me, a great way of meeting new people, learning new things and sharing ideas. After all, coming to study is not just about getting a certificate, it is also about the experiences and skills that you pick up by being part of something like this”.

Overall, Sarah said that she felt a great sense of purpose and fulfilment knowing that her service would ultimately make life easier for someone going through a rough time and she looks forward to doing more volunteering projects in future.

Thank you, Sarah for giving up some of your time to help others.

If you would like to donate some of your free time, like Sarah, and volunteer your services to help at the food bank or any other charitable organisation, the please get in touch with our Volunteering Team by visiting the website: https://www.cusu.org/coventry/opportunities/volunteering/

There is no limit to how much or how little of your time you give up to help others, as every bit counts. It is, however, greatly appreciated by all those people you help along the way.

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