Kateryna Sharavara, Starenki volunteer, volunteer coordinator in Dnipro

«One elderly woman, whom we brought help to, told me: everything starts with one person. A young man who ran across several yards just to throw a piece of paper in the trash bin struck her. That he did not spare a few minutes and did not throw this paper to the ground. It stuck in my head so much, because really, all the biggest changes start with each of us, with one person.
For me, volunteering is a special exchange. I get much more in return for my time, attention, and energy — the knowledge that I’m needed and I make people happier. It always charges.
Absolutely each food package delivery inspires me. Every elderly man and woman each time tells us how important our matter is, and it gives us strength.
Elderly people who, despite their living conditions and the size of their pensions, always greet us with a smile, joke, tell funny stories, and look at their lives positively especially inspire us. I can’t put into words how cool it is.
I am very glad that I learned about «Starenki» in my time and decided to become a part of them. I’ve always believed that if there is an opportunity to help, then why not»

Kateryna Sharavara, Starenki volunteer, volunteer coordinator in Dnipro