16 June 2014
Recognising the contribution of our volunteers
Our communities would be the poorer without them and this week volunteers from all backgrounds get the recognition they deserve during National Volunteer Week.
While the Council's Gore District Community Awards are our annual celebration of the voluntary work of residents, this week sees volunteers' efforts celebrated on a national scale.
The recent release of the Quarterly Volunteering and Donating Indicators from the Department of Internal Affairs shows that people aged 40-49 are volunteering the most, and on average 18 hours are being volunteered per month.
Volunteering New Zealand (VNZ) believes that this shows strength for the ability to strike a balance between giving back versus the high demand on individuals from professional, family and social lives. These areas of life offer platforms for volunteering, which may not immediately be recognised as such.
VNZ’s Chief Executive Vanisa Dhiru says, “Volunteering can be as easy as helping a neighbour in need, offering assistance with a school trip, supporting a neighbourhood event, sharing and engaging in an online campaign or helping to organise a fundraiser at work. The brilliance of volunteering is in the simplicity of its delivery, and the comparatively large impact that it can have on people, causes and communities.”
VNZ maintains that grassroots volunteering – in groups, collectives, within social circles – holds an incredibly strong position within our national communities. There is a view of encouraging ordinary New Zealanders to become even more involved on a local level.
This year’s National Volunteer Week is inspired by the following whakataukī: “Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te tangata” translated as, “With your contribution and my contribution the people will live.”
Volunteering New Zealand (VNZ) is an association of New Zealand organisations that have a commitment to volunteering, such as volunteer centres, national and other organisations. Their mission is to promote, support and advocate for volunteering.