It is About Making Someone Feel Better
" 当我们用关愛与怜悯聆听寂寞者的心声，不只给他们带来莫大的安慰，也会在过程当中扶平他们心中的哀伤。" -恩群社区服务义工，Doris，60+岁
"when you show love, and care and patience to someone else, they can feel it" - ECSS Volunteer, Doris, 60+ Years Old
Doris, who has just passed her 60th birthday, is no stranger to volunteering.
Doris began her volunteering journey in the sunshine state of California, and the volunteering veteran has done her fair share of social engagement.
In her 20-year volunteering history, she has volunteered at her children's primary schools, befriended elderly living in one-room flats, even counselled pregnant women at polyclinics.
For Doris, she finds volunteering a way to keep her mind active, as well as a constant source of happiness for her:
"Last time, I would feel that I would have to volunteer with a partner, but nowadays, I'm comfortable signing up on my own."
For the kind-hearted sexagenarian, volunteering is her passion:
"When you show love, care and patience to someone else, they can feel it.
For those who feel lonely, this is especially important. You can make someone feel better about themselves."
还记得年少时， 在Mountbatten 一带，时常会看到一群有特殊需要的孩子们在车站指手画脚向彼此沟通。
Doris has always been someone who looks out for others.
Recalling her childhood home in the Mountbatten neighbourhood, she recalled watching a group of children with special needs at the bus stop near her home communication through sign language. She said,
"There was once, one child came towards me and started signing.
I did not understand what she was trying to tell me, and I started to swing my hands, trying to communicate with her.
I even tried to use my fingertip to write letters and words on her palms to ask her questions."
Doris was moved by the children's earnest attempt to communicate with each other, and she reflected on her own privilege:
"At that point in my youth, I realized how lucky I was to belong to a well-to-do family, that we did not face major health difficulties in our lives.
Many others are not so lucky, and so, I felt that I should be giving back to society and helping others whenever I can."
Volunteer, Doris, who agreed for a phone interview
Volunteer, Chelsea, who helped us with the english write-up
Volunteer, Emily, who helped us with the chinese write-up
Colleagues from Tri-Love Elderly Department, for all the support and coordination