Helping others its own reward

Jasmine Morris has been recognised for her volunteering efforts.
Jasmine Morris has been recognised for her volunteering efforts.

The East Fremantle resident is close to reaching the milestone of having volunteered 1000 hours of her time to helping others.

Ms Morris’s dedication was recognised recently when she was nominated in the Young Volunteer category of the WA Volunteer of the Year Awards for her work in the Big Help Mob.

In the past three years, Ms Morris has undertaken 35 volunteer roles, ranging from providing food to the homeless, cleaning up people’s gardens, collecting food, helping in school holiday programs and running an inclusion soccer series.

‘Seeing people who haven’t often volunteered before enjoying themselves by helping run a football carnival for disadvantaged members of our community, do some gardening for elderly residents or do craft activities with children with autism is inspiring,’ she said.

‘It’s not just people suffering from disadvantage in our community that benefit, but so too do the volunteers.

‘It doesn’t feel like work, rather it feels like I’m simply hanging out with a bunch of friends.’

She said volunteering was a great way for her to balance her university studies, but she never expected to be nominated for an award for it.

‘Volunteers don’t often get recognition because there is a tendency to value work based on how much someone is paid to do it,’ she said.

‘But it really is a fun and fantastic way to make friends that is much easier than people think.’

The WA Volunteer of the Year Awards will be held on May 15.