My name is Kwangje, and I’m a student at the University of Birmingham with a deep passion for environmental issues and advocating for change. That’s why I sought out volunteer opportunities with Birmingham Friends of the Earth (BFoE), an organisation dedicated to promoting environmental sustainability and social justice.

During my time with BFoE, I had the privilege of working on information stalls in Selly Oak with a team of passionate volunteers. Our primary goal was to gather signatures for the ‘Open Letter to the Prime Minister’ petition, which is part of the Warm Home Campaign. This campaign calls for urgent action on issues related to home insulation and rising energy bills.

As part of my role, I approached people on the street, explained the purpose of the Warm Homes Campaign, and invited them to sign the open letter. Despite initial disinterest from some individuals, we were able to collect over 100 signatures during the event.

Our grassroots efforts were successful in raising public awareness of these critical issues and advocating for change. I am proud to have worked alongside other dedicated volunteers from BFoE, and we were able to gather significant support for our cause.

Working closely with Libby was an incredibly rewarding experience. Her guidance and support allowed me to learn from her expertise in non-profit management, and I gained a deeper understanding of the complexities and intricacies involved in organising a significant event. This experience enabled me to develop my skills, gain insights into non-profit management, and contribute to a significant event for BFoE.

Volunteering with BFoE was a fulfilling experience that allowed me to take part in a meaningful cause, learn from dedicated individuals, and contribute to the organisation’s mission. I encourage anyone passionate about environmental sustainability and social justice to consider volunteering with BFoE or any other non-profit organisation. It’s a fantastic way to make a difference and gain valuable skills and experiences.