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First Volunteer Profile

posted 1 Apr 2017, 06:21 by Leonie Anna Mueck   [ updated 1 Apr 2017, 06:22 ]

First volunteer profile!

Each month, we will post a CRRC volunteer profile to give our supporters a better idea of the various parts of the organisation. This will give any future volunteers an idea of the work they might be able to do with us, but it also gives us a chance to show our appreciation to the wonderful people that already work here.

Our first featured volunteer is Leonie Mueck. Leonie has been with CRRC since 19th September 2015 (her grandma's birthday!) and has done many things, from organising a football club for a refugee boy to tweeting and other social media work. At the moment, Leonie's main role is to run the PR and campaigning group of CRRC. We asked Leonie some questions about her reasons for volunteering and how she's finding it:

1. Why did you want to get involved with CRRC?

  • I am German and, as is very typical for German families, my grandparents were displaced during World War II. The experience of having to leave everything behind, losing the basis of your livelihood, and being helpless in the face of the seminal catastrophe of a war still reverberates, two generations on. When the refugee crisis came to a head in 2015, I felt that it was my duty to do what I can to alleviate the suffering.

2. What has been the most rewarding moment of your time with CRRC?

  • When Cambridge City Council announced to double their commitment and resettle 100 refugees in Cambridge.

3. What’s the most important thing that people can do right now to help refugees?

  • Help CRRC (or your local equivalent) find private landlords that are willing to rent houses to refugees at local housing allowance rates, and put pressure on the national government by voting for refugee-friendly parties and writing to your MPs about the issue.

4. What’s an interesting fact about about you that people might not know?

  • When I was a child, I wanted to be like Jane Goodall and travel to Africa to observe wild animals. I still haven't been to Africa.

5. What is your motto?

  • "Es gibt nichts Gutes, ausser man tut es." -- Erich Kaestner (translates roughly to "Actions speak louder than words." but sounds way more poetic.)

Thanks, Leonie, for all your wonderful work and commitment!