To build on our outreach work in the west of Ireland, Trócaire has welcomed a new volunteer and outreach officer to the area who will be based in Galway.
This development is a result of the strong support and engagement Trócaire has experienced across the region over the last number of years and in recognition of the need to provide supporters with a local point of contact.
Trócaire’s Executive Director, Éamonn Meehan, explained: “We have always been very active in the west of Ireland and people in Galway and the surrounding counties have proven to be very passionate about global justice issues.
“Trócaire is dedicated to improving the lives of people living in poverty and injustice across the world, and our outreach and awareness-raising in Ireland is a vital part of that work. We are delighted to welcome Marie-Anne, our new volunteer and outreach officer to the team. While based in Galway she will work closely with communities right across the west and will ultimately make it easier for more people to take action on issues that matter.”
Making a positive difference in the world
Marie-Anne Michel, who lives in Tuam and has worked in the voluntary sector for more than a decade, has just started in her new role.
“Trócaire’s work is incredible and makes a real difference to the lives of people in more than 20 countries in the developing world,” she said. “However this wouldn’t be possible without the support of people in Ireland including our volunteers who help us to fundraise and campaign on global human rights issues.
“I am delighted to already have met with a number of people in the area who dedicate a lot of their time to Trócaire, and to making a positive difference in the world, but I have no doubt that many more want to get involved.
“Over the coming months I will be expanding our volunteer programme across the west of Ireland and visiting schools, universities and parishes to explain more about our work. I am excited to meet with like-minded people who are passionate about taking a stand on the global justice issues that affect the most vulnerable people in the world – so please don’t hesitate to get in touch!”
Volunteering with Trócaire
Geraldine McDermott, a retired teacher from Galway, has been volunteering with Trócaire for more than 10 years. “I chose to get involved with Trócaire because the charity is practical, compassionate, sensible and courageous in how it works to support the people in the world who most need our help,” she said.
Last year alone, Trócaire improved the lives of 2.8 million people – from Syrian refugees fleeing conflict to those facing drought and famine in east Africa.
For more information and to find out about volunteer opportunities with Trócaire in the west of Ireland, please email Marie-Anne at [email protected]