Hear From Your Everyday Heroes: A Tree Planter Shares Her Thoughts

This section features heartwarming stories from our volunteers. In this post, iVolunteer Kathy Britania shares to us her thoughts on volunteering for the Project EDSA peace mural painting in Camp Aguinaldo last June, and the MMDA Tree Planting activity in San Mateo, Rizal. The tree planting series runs on selected Sundays through December, and you can volunteer for it at http://www.ivolunteer.com.ph/

I Am A Volunteer

by Kathy Britania

I’m thankful to iVolunteer Philippines for giving me the chance to be one of the volunteers of the tree planting event that happened in San Mateo, Rizal. It was my first time to join the this event organized by the MMDA and the DENR, with the help of iVolunteer. It’s a very different feeling that you are helping Mother Nature in a small or simple way to prevent global warming!

The author, planting a tree at the MMDA Landfill in San Mateo, Rizal

The author, planting a tree at the MMDA Landfill in San Mateo, Rizal

I am a call center agent in a stable company in Makati. Despite my hectic schedule, I still try to find a way to be a volunteer. Though I can’t help financially (because I have the same problem 🙂 ), it came to my mind that I can help in many other ways. During the event, I just went on my own without any company. I was a little bit curious, how it would feel like to volunteer alone since I came without any friends. I’m thankful to Mr. Bel Padlan, the iVolunteer Executive Director, for accommodating me and giving me a warm welcome.

Kathy (3rd from left), together with the other tree planting volunteers

Kathy (3rd from left), together with the other tree planting volunteers

It’s actually my second time to join iVolunteer. The first time was during the second painting weekend of the Peace Mural Campaign in EDSA. I went with my friends that time. I came to know iVolunteer during that second weekend because the event registration used the iVolunteer website, unlike the first weekend of the campaign. I’m so thankful that it happened that way, as iVolunteer offers a lot of chances to the person who wants to volunteer in different organizations.

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Kathy’s first time to sign up for iVolunteer was at the Project EDSA peace mural painting in Camp Aguinaldo

Being a volunteer, you are able to help other people, and in my case, even Mother Nature! There are many ways of helping out, but it will depend on the person in what particular organization or event they want to volunteer. Being able to help without expecting anything in return makes me feel fulfilled, it makes me feel awesome! Thank you iVolunteer!

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