What is National Volunteer Week?
Volunteering is a selfless act of kindness that has a significant impact on our society. Volunteers contribute to various causes, such as social welfare, environmental conservation, health care, and education. They give their time and expertise freely, without any expectation of financial gain. The act of volunteering not only helps the community, but it also brings personal satisfaction, a sense of purpose, and an opportunity to learn new skills.
Our Association is just one of the many organisations that benefit from the dedication of our volunteers. We have a team of volunteers who generously give their time to support our cause, which is to improve the quality of life of those in our community who are in need of assistance. Our Volunteers are able to provide in-home respite, providing companionship and social support to those living with a life limiting illness. Our Volunteers also provide transport to treatment and appointments.
To show our appreciation for their hard work, we organise a morning tea each year during National Volunteer Week. This is a chance for us to come together as a community and acknowledge the invaluable contribution that our volunteers make. We also present each volunteer with a badge to wear proudly, which serves as a reminder of the positive impact they have made.
The theme of National Volunteer Week changes each year, and it provides an opportunity for us to reflect on the role of volunteering in our society. The theme for 2022 is “Better Together,” which highlights the importance of collaboration and teamwork in achieving a common goal. This theme encourages us to recognise that we are stronger when we work together, and that by uniting our efforts, we can achieve great things.
The theme for 2021 was “Recognise. Reconnect. Reimagine.” This theme was particularly poignant, given the challenges that we faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. It reminded us of the importance of recognising the contribution of our volunteers, even in difficult circumstances, and of the need to reconnect with our communities and reimagine the way we deliver services.
Volunteering is a powerful force for good in our society, and it is important that we continue to recognise and celebrate the contribution made by our volunteers. National Volunteer Week is just one way that we can do this. It is a time to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our volunteers, to thank them for their contribution, and to encourage others to get involved and make a difference in their own communities.
If you are interested in volunteering, there are many opportunities available in your local community. Volunteering can be a great way to meet new people, learn new skills, and give back to those in need. Whether you have a few hours to spare each week or are looking for a more long-term commitment, there is a volunteering opportunity out there for you. Contact your local volunteer centre or community organisation to find out more.
More information: https://www.volunteeringaustralia.org/get-involved/nvw/