Shira Joseph Staff Profile04/03/20
1) Tell us your personal GIFT journey: How long have you been at GIFT, how and when did you first get involved with GIFT?
I have been at GIFT for five and a half years. My role has changed a few times but currently I'm in charge of high schools and university students.
I joined GIFT because I volunteered for the first time at the age of 16 and that experience had a huge impact on my life at the time. I see what a difference it can make to someone when they are more outward focused and I love that I get to introduce these concepts and causes to young people.
2) Describe your role, what do you do?
On a daily basis I get to meet the most incredible students in schools and universities. Some of the regular programmes I get to be a part of are:
- Lunch and do's - we make things for different charities in school lunch breaks.
- Volunteering trips - taking groups to homeless shelters, care homes, hospitals.
- Classes - teaching the importance of Giving and why it is such a fundamental Jewish value.
3) What are some of the things you have done in the last week?
In the past week I have:
Volunteered at a homeless shelter with students, made up packages for children in hospitals, visited a mental health ward, ran a lunch and learn for imperial JSOC, signed up sixth form volunteers at the Immanuel volunteering fair, ran Purim sessions to over 300 students…and so much more!
4) What are some of your favourite things about working for GIFT?
Seeing students step out of their comfort zones and really give of themselves is the most inspiring thing. Watching students dancing with adults with disabilities, or packing food in our warehouse, or putting so much effort into the candlesticks they are giving to someone in a care home is the most fulfilling thing and I'm honoured to be a part of it.
Working for gift also means that I get to meet and work with such an incredible range of charities and organisations. It has inspired me to do my own volunteering which has really shaped the person I am today.
5) What is your message to the world?
My message to everyone is that when you give to someone else realise that not only are you making a huge impact on the world, but you're changing yourself in the process.
"We rise by lifting others"
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility