Heartist, Eileen Ang, first experienced volunteering 7 years ago, when she was involved as a helper in an animal shelter. Now a volunteer with Big Big Heart, her passion for helping others has led her to continue serving the community with the social impact collective.
Eileen is currently the Deputy General Manager of a real estate investment company. Working on a busy schedule, she helps to oversee its operations in Asia.
When asked to describe her life motto, she revealed she is the perpetual optimist – “a mirthful, perpetually half glass full spirit” – with a cheerful, positive attitude to life.
Relishing the time spent volunteering at the animal shelter, she shared that her special affinity with animals had helped her to build on her self-confidence and self-esteem as an individual.
“The opportunity to learn new skills and make new friends through volunteering has brought me a lot of joy and fulfillment. I have learned to appreciate my surroundings and the people in my life,” says Eileen.
Speaking on her “Big Big Heart Experience”, Eileen says that the fun-filled and meaningful projects organised by the community have brought continuous improvement to her personal development.
She says, “There are many valuable lessons that we get to bring home after each volunteering session. Forging special connections with the many beneficiaries who had crossed our paths in life. I’m glad I had the privilege to meet them.”
Eileen emphasized that the benefits can be even more rewarding to a volunteer as it gives one a greater sense of purpose.
Referring to a quote – “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” – by Oscar Wilde, Eileen explains that it never fails to lift her spirits up every time she steps into her role as a caregiver.
“It brings a great sense of achievement to know that by giving in even the simplest ways, you and I can make a real difference to someone’s life,” she says, beaming.
We should be socially aware and involved.
We asked Eileen on her views on volunteerism.
“It’s always a great feeling to be involved!” she exclaimed.
“Volunteering is one of the most rewarding things you can do. You get to meet different people, understand lives, take on new challenges, time-manage yourself, and be part of a community.”
She adds, “Sometimes in our little world, we might be caught up with work responsibilities or family commitments. But it is also important to have a little awareness of other things around us.”
Words for Aspiring Volunteer.
For aspiring volunteers who want to be involved, we asked Eileen to share with us some of her motivations.
“Be inspired as a volunteer,” says Eileen. “Your time, your touch, your smile, and your listening ear, they all have the potential to touch lives.”