Our friendly Volunteer Engagement Team (VET) is the first point of contact and plays a vital role in attracting, engaging and nurturing all our wonderful mentors. No day is the same for this dynamic team, they are either organising training, placing mentors into programs or introducing mentors to their Program Counsellors.
We asked VET members Rachel Zandberg (middle), Amanda Raats (left) and Vanessa O’Brien (right) a few questions about what they do and what is so special about working at Raise:
What inspired you to join Raise?
R: Raise has the most amazing team of people, doing the most inspiring work for young people in our communities and to be part of this organisation is a real treat.
A: After years of working for corporates and SMEs, I was looking to work with an organisation that makes a positive social impact in the community and one that aligned with my values. Raise ticked all the boxes for me, so when a position opened up in the VET I jumped at it!
V: Being a mentor, watching my Program Counsellor in action and watching the young people develop and grow over the course of the program really inspired me to join Raise. I just knew I wanted to stay a part of this and contribute in any way I could. Vicki was of course, also a huge inspiration!
Why would you encourage people to become a mentor?
R: To experience the value in volunteering, to know you have created a positive impact to a young person’s life and to meet like-minded people.
A: Many of our mentors begin their journey with a vision of helping a young person but end up being surprised by how much they learn and how much fun they have along the way.
V: Everyone needs someone they can talk to. A trusted person who will listen non-judgementally. Adolescence can be such a difficult time for some young people. You can make a real difference by becoming a mentor and in some instances, even save a young life.
What is the one thing people wouldn’t know about you?
R: I have flown a plane and have a cockroach phobia!
A: I love almost every genre of music, but metal and hardcore probably the most (that’s what gets me through the highs, the lows and boring bits in life!)
V: Hmm… maybe that I love country music and dream about going to Nashville to pursue my dream of becoming a country music star! Nashville is my all-time favourite show and I cried when I finished the series. Haha!