Volunteer Profile – Cate Bye

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We met Cate over a year ago when she was the very first person to express an interest in our Family Support Centre. Cate hadn’t been in Geraldton very long and was already keen to get to know her new community and the people who live here. Cate has become an integral part of our volunteer team out at the Family Support Centre as well as assisting us earlier in the year with the Back-to-School Project. We would like to thank Cate for the work she does. We asked her a few questions:

How long have you been volunteering for? I have been volunteering with St Vincent de Paul Society since 2009 where i lived in Nowra, NSW.

Where are you currently volunteering? I volunteer with Centacare and St Vincent de Paul Society here in Geraldton

Describe your current volunteer role and any other roles you may have done in the past? I volunteer with Centacare at the Greenough Regional Prison Visitors Centre. Here we are a point of contact for visitors who may need assistance and/or guidance to the services provided by Centacare and the wider community. With St Vincent de Paul I assist in Welfare as well as I do one morning a week in the St Vincent de Paul shop.

What do you enjoy about volunteering? I enjoy the friendship of other volunteers, plus if you are new to the area as I was in both towns it is a great way to meet people. It also gives me  a great feeling of being of some help to someone who needs a “helping hand”

What is your most memorable volunteering experience? This is hard to answer…as I think back, I feel that in various different ways all my volunteering experiences have been memorable. When a person I  have interacted with through Centacare or helped through St Vincent de Paul recognises me in the street or Shopping Centre and says hello…that feels good

If you were to describe volunteering to someone that hasn’t volunteered before, what would you say? Volunteering is fullfilling and you get to work with like minded people who want to give back to the community. It is also a terrific way to meet people if you are new to the town as I was.