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Monsignor Albert asks young people to volunteer

Published:Friday | November 7, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Students completing woodwork projects at the St Margaret Human Resource centre. This programme is sponsored by Jamaica Self Help.

'Give of your time, talent and treasure' has long been a plea from Monsignor Richard Albert, founder of St Patrick's Foundation.

"As much as we are always in need of funding to maintain our operations at all of these locations, we also need volunteers, persons who are willing to give an hour or two of their time to help with remedial work or to help someone to read and write or to volunteer to teach one of our administrative classes," said Monsignor Albert.

"I know unemployment is high in this country and there are students out there looking for work. But until you find a job, why not volunteer? Why not share some of the knowledge gained while helping those less fortunate?"

Monsignor Albert noted that, presently, there were seven volunteers at the Riverton centre and one at the St Margaret's Human Resource Centre in Olympic Gardens.


"And at St Monica's Home in Central Village, we have several who volunteer their time and talent throughout the year," he said. "We have a number of volunteers from the United States and Canada, mainly college students."

St Patrick's was started in the early '90s after Monsignor Albert decided a feeding programme he had at St Patrick's Church wasn't enough. "There were too many people who had families to support but no employable skills," he said.

So in the early 1990s, he decided to start a skills training programme that would include teaching people to read and write and to help them become more self-reliant. He organised a number of programmes for students leaving high school and other adults. The courses included woodwork, cake baking and decorating, and electrical work. With the help of a number of corporate entities, St Patrick's Foundation is now able to offer these programmes at centres across Kingston. All programmes offered by St Patrick's Foundation are HEART-certified.

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937-1891 or 757-2210.