City Impact Church devotes time
Volunteers make impact
North Shore Hospital is fortunate to be one of the many organisations that are helped out by City Impact Church volunteers, particularly on the four community impact days it holds each year.
Community Impact Manager Mary-Kath Laita says North Shore Hospital is a hub for the community and so she felt volunteering there was a great way for the church to get involved in helping out.
She says Community Impact Days can attract up to 600 volunteers, with at least 30 and 40 going to the hospital, depending on the projects being done on the day.
Making a difference around the hospital
North Shore Hospital is fortunate to be helped out by City Impact Church volunteers. The generous time donated by members has seen them transform hospital gardens into beautiful outdoor spaces to relax in. They have also redecorated palliative care rooms and painted artworks and murals to brighten the wards.
Mary-Kath says that among other projects the church volunteers have also helped with Christmas boxes for those who are in hospital on Christmas Day and may not otherwise get a gift on the day, such as the elderly, children admitted suddenly, or families with babies in the Special Care Baby Unit.
“The best thing for us is feedback from staff who say the people who helped out were lovely and smiley and it was great to have them here and to have the work done,” she says.
Mary-Kath says City Impact Church has been involved in community volunteering for the last seven years after they saw a gap in practical support for families and organisations.
“The beauty of what we have is the numbers for volunteer labour. If needed, we can get up to 600 people in for a day. In particular, we have a lot of families, young people and teenagers involved. We teach children to volunteer in the community and get involved.”