When she retired, Margaret wanted to find an activity where she could interact with people of all ages and do something worthwhile with her time. She had been sponsoring children through The Smith Family since 1989 because she had always been interested in supporting the education of disadvantaged Australian children. So The Smith Family seemed like a good place to start when looking for volunteer opportunities.
In 1994, Margaret applied for a volunteer clerical position assisting the fundraising manager at The Smith Family, and was accepted. Now, more than twenty years later, Margaret still comes weekly to our national office where she now assists our Supporter Care Team.
"[Initially] I was helping [the fundraising manager] in a clerical capacity. Sometimes it was typing letters. Sometimes it was stuffing envelopes. Sometimes it was ringing up people when we received returned mail," she remembers.
Margaret, Smith Family volunteer