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Volunteer Q&A – Maintenance Ministry

Full name: Denton Walters

Congregation: Rondebosch PM

Occupation: Quality Assurance Officer at present, previously an Architectural Technologist

How long have you been a volunteer with the Maintenance team? For approximately 2 years

Why did you choose to volunteer for this ministry? I wanted get involved more with church and found this ministry appealing as it is something I love doing – hands on kind of work.

Can you explain what you do as part of the Maintenance team? Well, as part of the team, I’m involved in almost everything from gardening to painting to plumbing. You don’t need to be an expert or a specialist to be able to help because some of the things we learn as we go along and, if necessary, acquire the aid of a specialist. My background and practical knowledge has given me an advantage which helps me to help others learn as well 🙂

Some examples:
NETwork in Wynberg – we put up some shelves, hung curtains, painted some walls and even hung some pictures.
The Warehouse in Wetton – we installed some ceiling boards, installed and repaired some drywalls, painted etc.
Sisters Inc. in Kenilworth – we repaired some cupboards, did some gardening and generally just gave the place a good clean from the parking lot to the gutters on the roof.
NuLife in Southfield – we fitted some fixtures, installed glass shelving for their display and also gave some walls a new coat of paint. Beth Uriel in Salt River – the goal was to get new gutters fitted but we did a little more than this and we were treated to lunch with the young men that live there. (Was really awesome!)

These are just some of the things that I’ve done as part of this amazing team.

What are some of the challenges you face in volunteering with this team? One of the main challenges has been to try and get more dedicated people involved and also getting to some of the locations. What keeps me going is that I enjoy doing this and being a part of a dedicated team of individuals who also enjoy doing this.

What has been the most fulfilling part of your volunteer experience? It’s an amazing feeling knowing that my time can be used to help organisations with something I enjoy doing. Not only do I get to do what I enjoy but also help where it’s needed, in a practical sense and seeing the end result.

-If you’d like to find out more about helping out with the Maintenance Ministry, email us at info@commongood.org.za.

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2 thoughts on “Volunteer Q&A – Maintenance Ministry

  1. Awesome to see people getting their hands dirty on behalf of others … well done to Denton for showing us that love has hands and feet!

  2. Amazing, TWO years! Well done Denton – Adam Feldman must be stoked to have you on his team!

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