Angelenedeep Kaur Vishie, a student from Bachelor of Social Science in Psychology Year 1 joined Enactus and they were exploring possible ways target audience for their project. She chose Kechara Soup Kitchen and has always had that inspiration or drive to help people who are less fortunate than her. The purpose of conducting the interview with her is to create awareness about the joy of sowing these seeds of kindness and extending help to enrich the lives of others. It is hoped that her sharing will stir many more hearts to step out and be volunteers for community services.
Interviewer: How did you get to know about the voluntary work?
Angelene: I joined Enactus and they were exploring possible ways target audience for their project. They chose Kechara Soup Kitchen. I thought it was going to be a good exposure for me so I just joined them. I’ve been doing it for approximately 2 months already.
Interviewer: What inspired you to contribute to this voluntary work?
Angelene: Growing up, my parents always involve us in charitable work, not necessarily the ones that are official; more like donating clothes to the people in the villages. So, I’ve always had that inspiration or drive to help people who are less fortunate than me. This is an outlet for me to contribute my time and energy too.
Interviewer: What is your role in the activity/activities?
Angelene: For now, I’m just a member but I’m very much involved in the food distribution activities. Everyone has a specific role, for example, segregate the food, distribute the food, etc. So I’m juggling between those two roles.
Interviewer: What skills and experiences are needed for this voluntary work?
Angelene: You don’t necessarily need experience to do this but you have to have good interpersonal skills like communication skill is essential because you need to know how to communicate with different kind of people on the streets. This is because not everyone is suitable for only one way/type of communicating. Also, you need to know how to collect yourself because you might get overwhelmed. You see people living in a far worse situation than you and you might get overwhelmed, so you need to set aside a moment for you to collect yourself.
Interviewer: What kind of changes do you hope to bring to this organization?
Angelene: It probably would be spreading the word about feeding the homeless and asking people to join this good cause of helping the homeless because we are not only doing food distribution but also register them into a system for them to get jobs, basically to improve their lives.
Interviewer: What are the best and challenging experiences about this voluntary work?
Angelene: It definitely would be the first time that I joined because I thought I wouldn’t go through the process well. Generally, I don’t think that I’m emotionally stable and I had a lot of thoughts going through my mind before it started. However, it was relaxing and eye-opening and somewhat inspiring because it motivated you to help people who are more in need.