Value of volunteers
DURING National Volunteer Week, May 12-18 , we highlight the value volunteers bring to our communities and society. Volunteers add value not only to the lives of the people they support, but they add value to our community as a whole. They help build trust, relationships and connections within communities. While volunteer contribution in Australia is valued at up to $200 billion a year, it is all the vital social benefits they add to society that make volunteers priceless. Volunteers enhance community wellbeing and make communities stronger and more resilient. They share information, skills, resources and build bridges between people. Voluntary service is a fundamental principle of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. Since our creation 100 years ago this year, Australian Red Cross has supported volunteers to make a difference in their communities. That’s how we started, that’s what made the difference, and that’s how we must continue. Today we are supported by over 30,000 volunteers. Our volunteers work with and support people in the community, helping to build connections and trusting relationships. Today we thank all volunteers. Our society is more supportive, connected and inclusive because of their generosity. We welcome you to join us in celebrating the contribution of volunteers – they truly are priceless.
CEO Australian Red Cross