Over the last couple of years many LSE students have volunteered at a one-off opportunity with FareShare, a charity which fights hunger and food waste. We told LSE Director Dame Minouche Shafik about this and she was very impressed by this and interested in participating. Therefore, Minouche offered to volunteer with FareShare for a day in the Christmas break, together with her children. We asked her about her volunteering experience so read on to find out how it was.

“I had a great time with my children volunteering at FareShare, a charity that takes surplus food from supermarkets and distributes it to charities across the UK.  We sorted bananas, mince pies for Christmas and various other food items into smaller batches for delivery to the 150 charities this warehouse supported.  I also spent some of the time developing a spreadsheet to help the drivers know how many boxes they should deliver to each of the charities every week.  The staff were welcoming, all the volunteers pitched in enthusiastically, and we ended the day feeling that we had done some good in the world.  Volunteering was definitely a rewarding experience — I would highly recommend it!”

Minouche Shafik, LSE Director

Make volunteering your #LSEnewyearpledge

If Minouche inspired you to volunteer, than why not sign up for a one-off volunteering opportunity yourself this Lent Term? We’ve organised even more one-offs this term, because you’ve told us that time pressure due to studies is the main barrier to volunteering. We’re also here to help you find an ongoing opportunity – we’ve got more than 200+ volunteering vacancies on CareerHub at a time so lots of opportunities to get involved. You can find out more about our upcoming events and the #LSEnewyearpledge on our blog.