Below is some of the positive feedback recieved to date from organisations who involve Trinity volunteers. If you would like to add your story or comment, please contact the Civic Engagement Officer.
National Day of Volunteering Outreach 2010
In October 2010 over forty staff, students and alumni got involved in outreach events coordinated by the Civic Engagement Officer. Below are a few pieces of feedback from the community organisations involved.
Ella in Dublin Youth Theatre said "The volunteers were really engaged with the project for the most part and threw themselves into it. The were friendly and helpful and cheerful which is nice to see. The members of DYT were quite amazed to find that people had come in just to help them make the place look nicer, it hadn't occurred to them before that people would help."
Paula from Odin's Wood Day Care Centre for Older People said"The volunteers were a fantastic group of young people who were friendly, outgoing and enthusiastic and not a bit afraid of hard work." Members of the centre said "It was beautiful to arrive to such an abundance of colour in the garden this morning".
Ms. O Higgins of Larkin Community College on Cathal Brugha St. said "[TCD Volunteers] are efficient, thorough, well organised and pleasant... [Larkin College] students found out about another world, the academic world."
Outreach in "The Factory" 2010
On Friday 5th of February, more than twenty Trinity students volunteered to clear, clean and paint as part of a rejuvenation of 'The Factory' performance and film production space in Ringsend. On the day, students had the opportunity to meet John Carney (Director and Writer of 'Once' 2006), Kirsten Sheridan (Co Writer of 'In America' 2002) and Lance Daly (Producer and Co producer of 'Kisses' 2008). All were delighted at Trinity's willingness to get involved and support this non-profit initiative and welcomed students to return in the future. A number of those who participated, currently study related disciplines (Interactive Digital Media, Music and Media Technology) and were keen to gain insight into the Irish film industry.
Lara Roche, Building and Enterprise Manager for the factory had this to say:
"As Trinity is a great representative of predominantly youth culture and learning, it is a great asset to cultural organisations to connect with young people at a grass roots level. The day was a great success. The assistance [of TCD volunteers] was of enormous benefit to our organisation."
Volunteer Fair 2009
100% of the community organisations who attended the 2009 Volunteer Fair have said that they would recommend participation in this event to other organisations. Some of the comments we received were as follows:
"Volunteer fairs are one of the best ways of getting information about your organisation out to people.... They also provide good ways of networking with fellow organisations."
"The event was a great success and a wonderful opportunity not only to recruit volunteers but also to promote [our organisation] within the student body"
"Delighted to see the enthusiasm amongst the students. The attitude that brought them into the expo will bring them a long way towards potentially successful volunteer placement."
"It's always hard to tell if potential volunteers are genuinely interested or just politely humouring you. But compared to other colleges I have been in, the people who attended seemed quite enthusiastic and serious about getting involved in some form of volunteering."
Trinity volunteers have been involved with a huge number of community organisations down through the years. Here is just a taste of the positive feedback which has been received-
"Students have volunteered with Camara and continued to support Camara after their trip is over, through fundraising, helping out in events and advertising." -Camara
"The TCD student body is a very valuable source of volunteers for Sunshine House. We often struggle to find volunteers in May and June from the workforce and so students are important targets at this point." - Sunshine House
" "TCD students and the Chaplaincy have been extremely proactive with Habitat for Humanity to date" - Habitat for Humanity