Volunteerism seems to go hand-in-hand with this weekend's World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, and there was no shortage of people from every state and nation willing to led a hand during the pope's visit.

Cathy Makoid of Doylestown, Pa, volunteers in Philly during the pope's visit. (Dino Flammia, NJ 101.5)

Cathy Makoid of Doylestown, Pa. jumped at the chance to volunteer for Sunday's mass.

"As a Catholic school teacher and a substitute, I felt like it was my duty to do so," Makoid told NJ 101.5 Reporter Dino Flammia in Philly Sunday.

As she distributed Papal Mass programs to people journeying to see the pope, Makoid said volunteering gave her a unique opportunity to be part of the big event, but with less stress.

"I actually feel great volunteering and I feel like it's a win-win because I'm getting to be down here and in the thick of things without having the anxiety of having to do it the way everybody else is," Makoid said.

Volunteer opportunities ranged from helping distribute programs and information and greeting dignitaries and guests to language service associates, helping with language translation for foreign visitors who visited the City of Brotherly Love for the pope's mass.

Dino Flammia contributed to this report. He is reporting from the field during the pope's visit to Philly. Follow him on Twitter @flammia1015.

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