Great new op­por­tu­nity to vol­un­teer

Kwinana Courier - - News -

THE Sal­va­tion Army Rock­ing­ham was the first to ben­e­fit from an ini­tia­tive to boost vol­un­teer­ing by the City of Rock­ing­ham.

The Cor­po­rate Vol­un­teer­ing Pro­gram (CVP) had sev­eral City staff roll up their sleeves and get busy help­ing the Salvos re­lo­cate its Op Shop to new premises at the cor­ner of Read Street and Will­mott Drive, Cooloongup.

The task was part of a pi­lot pro­gram to in­tro­duce the CVP, a scheme from the City’s Vol­un­teer­ing Strat­egy 2016-2022.

City of Rock­ing­ham chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Ham­mond said the pi­lot pro­gram was a great suc­cess and hoped it set an ex­am­ple for oth­ers in the cor­po­rate sec­tor.

“As­sist­ing the Sal­va­tion Army move to new premises showed the value cor­po­rate vol­un­teer­ing can pro­vide to re­cip­i­ents, em­ploy­ers and em­ploy­ees alike,” he said.

“City staff en­joyed the op­por­tu­nity to sup­port an or­gan­i­sa­tion that tra­di­tion­ally does so much to help vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in the area.

“Not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions ben­e­fit by hav­ing an in­stant work­force avail­able for spe­cific roles such as a move or clean up, busi­ness has the op­por­tu­nity to en­gage with the com­mu­nity and the em­ploy­ees have the sat­is­fac­tion of as­sist­ing a worth­while cause.

“Em­ploy­ees also have the op­por­tu­nity to meet new peo­ple from within the or­gan­i­sa­tion, which will help build re­la­tion­ships and pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for fu­ture col­lab­o­ra­tion.

“Vol­un­teer­ing plays a cru­cial part in com­mu­nity life; it builds stronger and more re­silient com­mu­ni­ties, while the cost sav­ing means sport­ing bod­ies, emer­gency ser­vices, aged care and youth or­gan­i­sa­tions and a raft of other not­for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions can op­er­ate more ef­fec­tively.”

City staff mem­bers Rhiarn and Taryn help with the move.

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