Value of vol­un­teers

Isis Town and Country - - OPINION -

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

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