Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Social Capital: Kathy, Peter and Angela

Deon Goosen, Kathy Brick and Peter Fletcher at the 1993 Orientation Course

For the last ten years, Kathy Brick has served as Palms’ State Representative in Melbourne. With all they do for Palms it’s only fair to consider the De Haas family Palms’ “force from the North”.

Social Capital: Andrew, Jane and Eddie

Andrew, with sons Jack and Joe

Andrew has been a wonderful on-call volunteer tradesperson at the café. Eddie is another who, with a call out of the blue, will come to Palms’ assistance almost immediately.

Social Capital: A profile of providers

Barbara Clark

Barbara’s first engagement with Palms started after answering a 2002 advertisement in her church bulletin where we were seeking office volunteers to assist with the administration of enquiries and applications.

Social Capital: A Profile of Providers

Paul, Bridgette and Julie Barrett

Volunteering for Palms did not stop when Bridgette returned and after settling the children back into school she was offering assistance again.

Social Capital: Is Palms Worth the Ask?

Returned Palms’ health professionals, who intimately understand the circumstances of volunteer placements overseas, always seem willing to assist departing volunteers to know how to manage tropical and other health issues. Many others also willingly give so much in-kind assistance to Palms.

There is both a moral and social responsibility attaching to these experiences of foreign cultures,
and if nothing awakens in our own soul, making claims and demands upon us,
calling us to change the way we live, then we have been merely parasites and invaders. - David Tacey