Opportunities for Volunteering and for Volunteer Teams / Mission Corps
Opportunities for Volunteering and for Volunteer Teams / Mission CorpsVolunteers! How significant they have become in the life of the college:
‘Retired friends’ who come by to lick envelopes, hold ladders, brew up, or wield paint-brushes. ‘Volunteer teams’ from around the globe who come to Manchester for a week or two to lend skill and resources to specific projects. Longer-term volunteers who come for up to a year to help in the library, to coordinate development projects, to lend a hand with pastoral care, to do whatever comes to hand.
And we would be delighted to have you join our small army of volunteers!
If you would like to volunteer a few hours, either on a regular or irregular basis, then email the office administrator.
If you’d like to bring a Volunteer team to Manchester, then email our Volunteer coordinator.
If you’d like to know more about volunteering for a longer term, email our MissionCorp Coordinator.
Leslie Prescott – a volunteer’s reflection
Leslie Prescott is from Pasadena, California, where she was enjoying the retirement life, which included spending lots of time with her daughter, two sons, their wives and her four grandchildren, before deciding to come and serve at Nazarene Theological College as a volunteer for a year.
She shares a bit about her experience.
How did you find yourself volunteering for an academic year at NTC?
In July 2013 I came to NTC with a Volunteer team. The school had put out a request for help with their archives and that sounded of real interest to me, so while I was here for our two weeks of service, I started praying and asking questions about the possibility of coming back as a volunteer to help in whatever way was needed.
When I got home, my family was totally supportive and encouraged me to look into it.
It took from August 2013 to August 2014 to get everything in place: rent out my house, find a nine-month kitty sitter, apply and receive my visa. Not to mention the packing, unpacking, and re-packing multiple times, trying to anticipate what I would need for nine months in a totally different climate. It became obvious to me as I saw all those pieces come together that what I had thought was my bright idea to come to NTC to help, was, in reality, God planting that thought, then going before me and working out all the details.
September 9, 2015 I arrived at NTC ready to be put to good use.
In what ways did you serve the NTC community?
My main responsibility is assisting in the library 4 days a week. It’s a library with about 30,000 volumes and is in constant use by undergrads, MAs, and PhDs alike. It’s the hub of the college, and is maintained very efficiently by Helen, the librarian. My main duties have been being available to assist students and visitors, re-shelving books, and when needed, label and cover books. As time allows I also do archiving projects. One day a week I am scheduled to cover Reception, which includes answering the phone and being available for general office tasks; however, all schedules are subject to change if there is an absence that needs covering or a special event that calls for large scale food preparation. And there have been quite a few of them. Simply, be ready for anything!
When we do community events and know that we are preparing to present the food and the school to the community, there’s a responsibility in making it just right. I’m there helping and happy to do it because I am seeing the purpose that it’s serving. All of the meals are like that: you want people to eat well and be happy and have enough and there’s that feeling of responsibility to make it just right.
It’s intense because there’s a lot to do, but we find ways of laughing over making the coleslaw. That ends up being my task, it seems.
What has been your experience in being part of the NTC community?
In addition to totally enjoying the tasks I have been given, there is another dimension to being here that far outweighs the “service”: Watching the faculty and staff honour God to fulfil the mission of the school, and watching the students work to fulfil God’s call on their lives.
Sitting at coffee break, around the tables, and talking about theology is very different for me. I’m not a theologian by any stretch, but I’ve learned a lot and I’ve learned a lot from watching the students as they have applied themselves to what they’re doing.
My life has been enriched in so many ways. People I had never met before have now become, faces, names and stories that I will always remember.
Tell a story of a cultural experience?
I went to Bath (with a coach tour) on the weekend that my grandbabies were born; one was born on Friday night and the other was born on Saturday night, so I was awake the better part of both nights. There were two couples traveling together and I happened to mention to them that my grandbabies were born. At the end of the day they handed me a greeting card. On the outside it said to the American lady – we hadn’t even exchanged names yet. It was a congratulations on the birth of my grandson. Then we exchanged names and by the next night my little granddaughter was born and they bought another card congratulating me on the granddaughter, but since they knew my name they put Leslie on the outside of the envelope. I’m going to treasure those and give them to my son so they can know the babies are world famous.