People & Volunteers
“Volunteering adds years to your life and life to your years…”
It is a joy to volunteer. I have been blessed with talents to be used some special way,
to lend a hand and help someone. All it costs is my commitment & a little extra caring & sharing.
It is a privilege working for a cause I hold dear”
“We give but little when we give of our wealth. It is when we give of our selves – that
is when we truly give.”
Awqaf SA has an open door policy to people who wish to give volunteer their time, skills, expertise, or wisdom to any community development project or programme, or to serve on any of the organisation’s structures.Volunteers have played and continue to play a positive role in Awqaf SA. All its projects and achievements can be attributed to the sacrifices and time that volunteers have given.
Awqaf SA has a Volunteer Manual containing, inter alia, detailed policies and procedures, codes of conduct and ethics and more. These are discussed at volunteer training workshops held from time to time.
Definition of a Volunteer
A volunteer is anyone who, without compensation (in cash or kind) or expectation of compensation beyond reimbursement, performs a task at the request and on behalf of AWQAF SA. A volunteer MUST be appointed before the performance of the task. Though volunteers are not considered as employees of AWQAF SA, they are, however, indispensable to the organisation.
Vision of the Awqaf SA Volunteer Network
To build and enhance an effective volunteering community in whose human capabilities will be the driving force of Awqaf SA.
More on the Awqaf SA Volunteers
The Awqaf SA volunteer network is a collection of volunteers with different skills and backgrounds working together voluntarily to assist in developing community service initiatives and assisting in developing opportunities for social interaction, spiritual development, continuing education, and social service.
Resources for Learning
- The Awqaf Network – a strategy for exponential growth
- Go to the Awqaf SA Online Library for more articles on Waqf.
Complete the Volunteer registration form and email or fax back to Awqaf SA.
- Volunteer Network Form
- Thereafter sign up to the following Volunteers Mailing list:
|Subscribe to Awqaf_volunteers|
|Visit this group|
Benefits of Volunteering
Qu’rãn: Sura Nisãa 4:95
Not equal are those Believers who sit (at home)
And receive no hurt,
And those who strive
In the cause of Allah with their wealth and their persons.
Unto all (believers)
Hath Allah promised good:
But those who strive in the path of Allah
Hath He distinguished
Above those who sit (at home)
By a special reward:
Ranks specially bestowed
By Him and More Forgiveness and Mercy.
For Allah is Oft Forgiving, Most Merciful.
Benefits to volunteers include:
- A chance to be part of an intensive and interesting formal training programme
- Learning on-the-job skills
- Personal growth and development
- A chance to gain work experience
- Position monitoring and support
- AWQAF SA publications and library references
- Networking opportunities
- Job references opportunities
- Building lasting positive friendships as volunteers mix with people with similar interests
- The ability to develop and use new skills
- Frequent social events
- A chance to prove one’s reliability
- A chance to give something back to the community
- A time to do something enjoyable
- An opportunity to do something challenging
- An opportunity to be part of history as the organization gains new ground
- An opportunity to integrate different layers of society
- An opportunity to spread altruism or altruistic behaviours in society and
- Gaining the praise and glory of sustaining the Sunnah of Rasul (s)
- Rewards! Rewards! Rewards!
How do Volunteers Contribute
Volunteers may contribute in a variety of ways. Some examples are as follows:
- Leadership (Strategic planning, Drivers, Motivators, Idea originators and generators, leadership by example in task execution, forward planning and thinking)
- Management (Convenors, and Co convenors of various management functions (marketing [Sales, advertising, public relations, communications] investment, finance, HR, Corporate, International Relations, IT, Projects, in charge of the efficient and effective operational aspects of the organisation)
- Project coordinators (In charge of specific projects both short term (Tax Seminar, Wssd, and long term, (Riverlea, Vlakfontein, Emdeni, Kagiso etc)
- Task Team Leaders ( Leadership of specific tasks, standing committees)
- Worker Bees (members of committees, groups, teams, corps, who take on specific tasks individually or collectively within committees, teams, projects, etc)
- Special Advisors and Consultants. These are experts who are appointed to advise on a number of issues.
- Mutawallees: These act as custodians and trustees over the assets of the organisation. They are ultimately accountable for the whole organisation. Management is accountable to the Mutawallees.