The director of Catholic international aid agency CAFOD has applauded the efforts made by people of faith in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, describing them as “unsung volunteering heroes”.
“During the coronavirus pandemic, we have seen some amazing feats of volunteering to support the coronavirus response both here and overseas – and people of faith have been some of the unsung heroes,” said Christine Allen.
“During this time of crisis, I’ve seen so many people from across the different faiths providing care and support not only for our neighbours that live next door, but our neighbours from all over the world.
“They are in every corner of the country and will often have been volunteering before but in the last few months they have really stepped up – providing a much-needed light in this dark time.”
Ms Allen’s comments come amid volunteers’ week, which is observed from 1st to 7th June. Volunteer’s week is an annual celebration of the millions of people who give up their time to help their communities and country.
Ms Allen noted that due to the response of many people volunteering to help others amid the coronavirus pandemic, this year there are more people to thank than ever before.
The global coronavirus pandemic has seen people reach out to neighbours in need, volunteering their time and energy to deliver food, act as a friend to someone in isolation, and fundraise for charity through crafts or challenge events. And people of every faith have been at the forefront of many of these responses.
“People in the UK are looking out for their neighbours, but they are also standing in solidarity,” Ms Allen continued.
“Over the past few months, here at CAFOD, we have seen our numbers of volunteers and the time they are willing to give increase – equating to over 100,000 extra hours volunteered to help some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.
“Through our global church networks, we have been able to support hundreds of local organisations and experts to provide life-saving and life-changing care in their communities.
“And, in countries where there isn’t a social safety net, the faith communities provide essential health and education services as well as livelihoods and human rights support.”
Picture: A team of volunteers associated to several central London Catholic Churches are shown assisting the homeless during the coronavirus pandemic in London on 18th May 2020. (Dezonne Erica/ABACAPRESS.COM)