Posted by Service Director, Lili Teichman
On Saturday 13 August we held our second Volunteering with the DG event - what a fabulous day of volunteering and togetherness it was! 
Impact for Women ran two shifts to accommodate all the participants, connecting with lots of ‘new’ volunteers from across our community, to pack and sort gifts into Bags of Love, prepared for victims of domestic abuse. 
Volunteering with the DG at Impact for Women had a profound effect on those who attended and felt that ‘buzz of contribution’ in making a difference. We had a huge contingent of volunteers of varying ages and cultures participate, some travelling far and wide to share in giving back to the community, some Rotarians and many who were new to us. An incredibly meaningful experience.

An absolutely heartfelt cause for us as Rotarians to participate in. Click more to hear directly from some of the volunteers of the impact the day had on them. 
‘It was a great day doing something worthwhile and meeting lots of positive people at the same time.’
Jenny Selway – President, Rotary Club of Lilydale
‘I thought it was a great event that engaged Rotarians from not only our district, but from other districts also. For me, that is what Rotary is all about - common minded individuals devoting their time to serve others’
Richard Selway – Rotary E-Club of Melbourne
‘I am relatively new to Rotary and to volunteering. To see the dedication, teamwork and passion that the team at Impact has for its cause was inspiring. I was amazed by the scale of their organisation and how much work and effort goes into ensuring that they achieve their goals to help others in need. I can only imagine the positive difference that their work has had on so many families.’
Sally Armstrong - President, Rotary Club of Macedon Ranges
‘It was a pleasure to volunteer with Rotarians at Impact. Despite not being a Rotarian I was accepted and felt welcome, appreciated and like one of the team. What a lovely group of relaxed, cooperative happy people”
Julie Elliot – Friend of Rotary
‘As an Impact volunteer processing Gift Packs for those in need and having the opportunity to interact with the Impact Staff and other volunteers is heart-warming knowing that our efforts are assisting so many who are denied of any Gifts and in most cases love and care.’
Bill Hamilton – Friend of Rotary
‘The benefits of working as a volunteer at Impact are twofold. The fun and pleasure of working with Rotarians and non-Rotarians, but best of all giving some pleasure to people that need to know that they are loved.’
Marg Hamilton – Rotary Club of Port Philip
"The experience of helping prepare gift packs for Impact was both sobering and personally fulfilling. Seeing people's names and their stories of those affected by domestic violence sent a shiver down my spine. Helping out on a Saturday afternoon was the least I could do".
Warwick Lloyd - President, Rotary Club of Port Philip
"I found the red shoes in the entrance foyer confronting. Shoes representing those who had lost their lives through domestic violence, in an ongoing battle to stem the tide, count me in to help out".
Julie Sheil - Friend of Rotary