An open letter to our Pyjama Angels this National Volunteer Week. Written by The Pyjama Foundation’s National Volunteer Manager Tash Hodson.
For not-for-profits, the hours given by each dedicated volunteer are quite often a large part of their success.
It’s because of the hard work of selfless people who make a commitment to change a life which allow children in foster care to believe in themselves and their dreams.
This National Volunteer Week, there are so many reasons to say ‘thanks’ and honour those who give their precious time to others.
We absolutely rely on our Pyjama Angels. After we recruit, screen and train these generous volunteers, they are matched with a child in foster care. They then commit to visiting the child once a week to inspire a love of learning.
Our founder and CEO Bronwyn Sheehan said it was these incredible people who allowed her to build The Pyjama Foundation from the ground up. These people believed in her mission from the start and continue to give their time – some 14 years later.
“After all these years, I have had the pleasure of working with some of the most amazing human beings,” she said.
“I have shared their tears, as they cried for those little people they cared for so deeply.
“And I have shared their happiness as they beamed with pride sharing their successes.”
Bronwyn said her hope is to continue inspiring the community to join The Pyjama Foundation family.
“As we have grown, so have our waitlists,” she said.
“We currently have hundreds of children across the country waiting for a Pyjama Angel to come into their life.”
Becoming a Pyjama Angel offers just as much for the volunteer as it does for the child, with many commenting on the fun and fulfillment it brings to their lives.
For more information on how to volunteer, please head to our volunteer page at www.thepyjamafoundation.com/volunteer.