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We were approached by the Office of Multicultural Interests for their National Volunteers Week feature. My relationship with OMI goes all the way back to 2005 when Shameema and I set up Muslim Youth WA. As part of the incorporation process we were helped along by two very supportive staff at OMI who later introduced us to the Ethnic Youth Advisory Group where we contributed to the development of policies affecting younger members of CALD communities. Looking back, that was a pretty cool thing we were able to do!

By the way,

National Volunteer Week (NVW) is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers.

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We got our stories and pictures together and sent them off to OMI. Here is the final output (you can click the image to read the full article).

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If you would like to volunteer with us, simply fill out this form.

For more volunteer opportunities around Perth check out the Volunteering WA page.

 

 

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The Gratitude Wall has arrived!

When we first moved into our new premises at AIC-Kewdale, we were inspired by the wall art left over from the students at the school.

There was a koala sticker and a heart sticker on a white wall which became central to our creative process. We started talking about how we could best use ‘the wall with the heart’. Soon that idea lent itself to another. Instead of just making use of the aesthetics to enhance our photos, why not make use of the space to enhance the spirit of our project?

What is that spirit? Gratitude.

We are grateful for being able to provide food for people in need. We try to keep this gratitude at the forefront of all our actions, from marketing to one-on-one interactions with each other.

As the project started to grow, the tension of doing more, with more people became obvious. The stress of trying to hit a deadline, or coordinate a large distributed team is very real. But it doesn’t have to demotivate.

It was time to regroup.

The white walls of our new space were just the trick! I decided to utilise the space to start a dialogue with our volunteers. I wanted to ask our volunteers to share what they’re grateful for. We would take their messages and create a Gratitude Wall that served as a constant reminder to take a moment for reflection.

To reflect on all the good things in our lives; like friends, family or a smiley face on our daily take away coffee.

I wanted to create an opportunity for everyone involved in the project to reflect on our blessings, like good health and the ability to nourish our bodies.

Lastly, it is important for each of us to reflect on how far we’ve come in our personal journeys during our time in this project. If I sit down to note all of the ways in which I have personally benefited, I’d be sitting for a long time!

Having a wall of notes full of what other people are grateful for was a tangible way to start the practice of counting our blessings. For those who do this regularly, it would become a way to cement the habit.

Now coming up with the idea and executing it are 2 completely separate things. I think we first talked about this as a group at the start of the year. 5 months later, Medina found an opportunity to execute it during our biggest packing day in 2017.  Because sometimes it takes that long to action good ideas. Thanks Medina!

The response was huge!

Just reading these puts a smile on my face. There’s such a diversity of experience documented here. Some of these are from kids as young as 8. Definitely a great reminder to count our blessings.

Before I leave you today, I want to ask:

What are you grateful for today? 

Postscript: There are many ways of developing a gratitude wall. The one we selected was posted by Instragramer @amandavonp. Thanks Amanda! And thanks Liana for the find 🙂

The Smallest Thing: #HFBClassroom

Sr. Munira said it best when she said: “Whatever little you can contribute, it is a lot.” 

Most don’t realise that the smallest thing can have the biggest impact.

I know that charities and not-for-profits say things like this all the time, so you’ve probably heard it before.

But you haven’t heard anything until you’ve heard Nicole, our Inventory Coordinator, excitedly waving a ten dollar note in the air and shouting, “You don’t understand! Do you know how much food I can buy with this?!” 

A four-year-old giving a dollar from their piggy bank doesn’t comprehend the gravity of their donation…but we do when we are able to stack can, after can, after can onto our shelves.

Even something as small as a kind word about our project has created waves for us, allowing us to expand our reach into the community.

Almost all of our new volunteers and contributors tell us that they heard about our project from their friends and family.

Because one person bothered to say something kind about the work we are so passionate about, we are able to pack 200 boxes worth of food every single month.

Because one person bothered to say something kind, we are continuously given more space to grow and connect with our community.

Never underestimate the small things. After all, trees start out as nothing but seeds.

See what Sr. Munira had to say about bringing the HFB initiative to her school below:

If you’d like to do something similar at your school or would simply like to know how to make this initiative your own, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us: hfbperth@gmail.com

Welcome to the HFB Classroom!

Believe it or not, one of the strongest foundations of our project has always been kids!

Whether they are as young as five-years-old or being dragged in by their parents as teens, kids have always been present within the HFB-Perth space.

20170324_144010-01“HFB Classroom” was born from continuous support of local Perth schools. Whether it’s parents and the P&C, the teachers or the students themselves, schools have been taking on our project and making the initiative their own to ensure that their community does not go without food.

In March, we had the honour of hosting a mini-packing day at the Langford Islamic College (LIC). They raised 26 boxes worth of food for us with the fundraising left entirely in the hands of the students.

Four LIC students joined us at our March packing day to see the process through in its entirety and sat down to tell us how they went!

Check out what they had to say below:

Say Hello to Marianne!

Our first ever ambassador needs no introduction. This phenomenal lady has been a part of the HFB family since Ramadan 2015. She is a full-time mother to our poster children (you know the ones) and probably the biggest Dockers supporter in WA.

Marianne collects donations at her children’s 1488119914253primary school: Al-Hidayah Islamic School in Bentley.

“The school collects each month as a part of its community engagement program. The lower grades collect one month, the upper grades the following month. Any shortfall is usually made up by others in my circle of friends as well as my mother, mother-in-law and our brothers at the masjid.”

Marianne champions the notion of leading by example within the community and her family.

“I was motivated to join HFB because I wanted to do some community work with my family…I wanted to develop the desire and eagerness within my children to need to help others less fortunate than themselves – to show them that charity is more than just putting money in a box. It involves physical effort and sacrifice of our time but the results are worth every bit. There is always someone in need of help [and] everyone deserves to be happy, healthy and safe.”

Check out what else Marianne had to say about her role below!

If you’d like to get in touch and find out more, please email us at hfbperth@gmail.com

Say Hello to Husna!

Our ambassadors are constantly going above and beyond for us.

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Husna is a part of Perth’s Indonesian community and has been a part of the HFB family for a year. She started out as a packing day volunteer but then took on the role of ambassador when Sr. Niniel (a former ambassador) moved interstate.

Every month she coordinates her community to collect, pick up and drop off donations – essentially running her own mini-HFB complete even with her own ambassadors.

To understand just how awesome Husna and the Indonesian community are, simply note down the fact that instead of raising the minimum of 5 food boxes in March…they collected 24 boxes worth of food!

Find out more about Husna and her experience as an ambassador below!

If you’d like to get in touch and find out more, please email us at hfbperth@gmail.com

 

Say Hello to Nariman!

1490715942590Our ambassadors are powerhouses.

Nariman joined as an ambassador in 2016. She is a part-time registered nurse and a full-time mother and wife.

“I wanted to give something back to the society and I wanted my kids and family to be involved in it. I believe it is very easy to donate money but dedicating your time and energy is something different.”

Nariman gathers a group of her close friends who pitch in to shop and sponsor over five full boxes of food every month. On top of that, she uses her role as an ambassador to educate her children.

“I wanted my kids to know the meaning of contributing to society and to help others in need. Not just by giving money but also by taking part in activities and volunteering.”

Find out more about Nariman and her experience as an ambassador below!

If you’d like to get in touch and find out more, please email us at hfbperth@gmail.com