Among its various activities aimed at reducing the suffering and relieving the plight of refugees and asylum-seekers in the Brussels area, the Les Olives charity has launched a new initiative: the distribution of non-perishable foodstuffs to those in need. Distribution takes place once a week on Thursdays from 15h00 to 17h00, from the premises of a church in the same street as Les Olives Headquarters, just behind the Gare du Midi.
We are currently seeking additional volunteers to join the team, which provides two people per week for this activity – we use an online spreadsheet and volunteers can sign up as rarely or as often as they choose, collecting keys from our legal service, greeting the migrant beneficiaries, supervising their choices of foodstuffs from our regularly-renewed stock and completing a short form to allow for referral to our legal team for those who require it.
The premises we use are clean, secure and recently renovated, and our staff jurist will greet and guide first-timers when they arrive to collect the keys.
Those who come to the “Olivier” for assistance are often in the direst need, so this is rewarding and hands-on work which allows volunteers to add a touch of generosity and compassion to the very harsh living conditions experienced by our (both documented and undocumented) refugee and asylum-seeker friends!
If you are interested in giving just a little time to help, please contact Chris Guichot de Fortis at email@example.com.
Chris is the partner of IJC member Julia Poger.