It’s funny, because IMAlive gives all of us a unique perspective on volunteering; we all know how much it can take to pour yourself into something like this, but better than that, we see how much we can all share and get back too. As a supervisor, watching volunteers come together from all over the world gives me a sense of incredible joy and comfort. It not only means we can support so many people in their time of need, but it has created a complete community and that is what we all need more of. Current world events have shaken me to my core and I think that’s likely to be the same for many of you, but logging on to this platform and sharing conversation with you all makes me happy, hopeful and calm – you’re all amazing. The grief or distress many of us may feel for our restricted freedoms (physically or otherwise) will make us all appreciate each other more and I know for sure there are real, meaningful and lifelong friendships here that will endure. We are the proof that digital communities can thrive, that they matter and that will be a beacon of light for a lot of people.
The way we step up for others and one another is not to be dismissed, you deserve credit for all the light you bring to the world so take this moment and be so proud of what you’re doing – I am proud to know you and to work alongside you, now more than ever.
Beyond IMAlive, there are millions of other people right now stepping up to help in their communities, putting their own safety to one side to give back and we need to take a moment to recognise those people too. It’s a scary time, but there is always good – we’re it, the people stepping up and volunteering to deliver food and medicines are it, there’s so much kindness right now and I hope when all this is over, it stays just as present.
Stay home, stay safe and keep being amazing. People need you and appreciate all you are giving.
‘And then the whole world walked inside and shut their doors and said we will stop it all. Everything. To protect our weaker ones, our sicker ones, our older ones and nothing, nothing in the history of humankind ever felt more like love than this.’