“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25
Jim Conolly has just passed 21 years of service with ANGLICARE as an Emergency relief volunteer in our Marrickville Community Care Centre.
His work involves interviewing people in crisis one day a week, seeking to work out how best ANGLICARE can help through vouchers, bags of food or, where relevant, referring them to other services.
The former Pharmacy owner is very passionate about his work and says it is very rewarding to be able to help people. He takes his inspiration from Jesus’ words in Matthew 25 which speaks of helping “the least of these brothers of mine.” His work is particularly rewarding because he is involved in being able to help people change their behaviour and become able to
take responsibility for their own lives.
As a retiree, this work keeps his brain active and also gives him a tremendous sense of belonging to a wider community. He also says that the support from his fellow team-members is terrific. “They are more like family than colleagues,” says Jim.
As a father of five he is an inspiration to many and has shown an amazing sense of commitment to his faith, when even after an incident that involved his being physically beaten, he returned to work and spoke at the weekly staff meeting about the importance of forgiveness.
Jim encourages people to volunteer saying, “you don’t have to get a monetary reward to feel rewarded in your work.”
People like Jim make ANGLICARE what it is by giving their time generously so we can fulfil our vision to “change lives and grow communities by care through Jesus Christ.”
If you are interested in volunteering please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02 9895 8000.
Alternatively you can browse at www.anglicare.org.au and click on the How Can I Help tab.