We caught up with Kristen to find out what inspires her. This is the first of a series of Stay Kind team stories we will share with you from time to time. We hope Kristen inspires you just as much as she inspires us!
Tell us a bit about yourself Kristen.
“I’m responsible for coordination of the Take Kare program including nightly operations, training and volunteer recruitment.
The main highlight for me is the opportunity to meet and lead our incredible volunteers, a very diverse group of individuals who have a shared value of kindness.
I’ve always been wired to want to help and lead people. I realised that to inspire people, you need to be inspired. On our Take Kare team we inspire each other collectively and this allows us to make real impact.”
Why did you join Take Kare?
“I joined as a volunteer when I turned 18. I didn’t know about the program until a few weeks before that.
Someone close to me volunteered and was leaving to go abroad They wanted me to be surrounded by kind, supportive people. I was vulnerable at the time, not sold on the idea, terrified, distrusting, I just couldn’t picture myself in her shoes.
My first night made me fall in love with the program. Tiny acts of kindness, small actions of help, enabled incredible impact. I was part of a team, not alone.
It took me a while to find my place but on that first night I knew I was meant to be here and volunteered every Friday/Saturday after that!”
Do you have tips for someone looking to register as a volunteer?
“The most important thing to remember is that there is space for everyone. Together, with all our individual strengths combined, we are an all-rounded powerful team!
If you want to join, even if you are hesitant or not sure what your strengths are yet – I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and sign up! Everyone can help, as long as you are willing to give it a go. “