While I was on campus, I volunteered there: I weaved camouflage nets, baked pastries, helped in the kitchen, or at sites in Lviv. Now I volunteer at the Plast base in the city of Nadvirna, where we collect humanitarian aid for temporary refugees and also help for the front, we bake pastries, etc. We helped many people who needed material help, helped with incoming supplies, passed on aid to the army, and, I think, were able to provide help, maybe not material, for others in need. It’s important that we gathered people and raised their spirits.
I can’t not be involved. I can’t do nothing or sit and worry. I believe that whatever help I can provide is useful. And now I’m particularly useful to other people. At first I was disappointed when at various sites they said no more volunteers were needed, but now I know that I’m necessary anywhere. Even talking with someone, giving advice or support is already a step towards victory.
I don’t even know where the energy comes from when it’s needed. Sleep doesn’t always help. Maybe the best help is friends and family, their periodic smiles.
It’s hard to think ahead, even one day, but, to tell the truth, I want to visit every place that I haven’t in Lviv; read a book that I left in the Collegium; and build the Ukraine of new dreams.