Getting through the pandemic with volunteering
My name is Ana Margarida Torres. I have just finished my Bachelor's degree in Management at Nova SBE. It was not the way that I was expecting to finish it: at home, away from my friends, away from Lisbon, without a huge party to celebrate the end of this journey. But at least, I was not alone. It was difficult times not just for me but also for the rest of the world. None of us have ever experienced before a pandemic crisis. All the world seemed to be upside-down from one day to another, without any warning. And it was why I wanted to do something. I wanted to make a difference somehow. Even if I could not find the cure for the virus, I needed to feel that I could help somebody feel some self-fulfillment.
And then, I found the project #compraaospequenos created by the Menos Hub, where I have been working during the last few months. We aimed to help the small businesses to survive to Covid-19 crisis, by creating a connection between these businesses and some small Portuguese retailers. We were a team of 4: I, Vitória, Sónia, and João, where which of us had a role to play: Vitória and I were responsible for the prospection, while João and Sónia were the ones creating the real bridge between the buyers and the sellers. Here, I have learned that our smallest actions could have a huge impact on somebody else. The small businesses could truly feel that they were being supported and not forgotten. It was so rewarding to receive some messages from these businesses saying thank you and feel that I have somehow contributed to making such difficult times a little bit easier for someone else.
We all have a role to play. We just need to find which role it is.