The power to enrich
WELCOME to National Volunteer Week, the annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our incredible volunteers.
This year, the theme “Give a little. Change a lot” represents the millions of volunteers who make a profound impact in their communities and on society through giving a little time.
WA enjoys one of the highest participation rates in volunteering in Australia, with four out of five West Australians donating an average 15.9 hours per month or a staggering 190 hours per year.
Treated as a sector in its own right, volunteering is WA's largest industry by employment.
As the peak body for volunteering in our State, Volunteering WA proudly represents 600,000 volunteers and nearly 7000 volunteer-involving organisations in WA.
We join with them this week to reflect on how much our communities rely on them.
Whether it's one day per month or a few hours a week, saving a life or improving our quality of life, any volunteering contribution is valued and at times imperative for our communities to thrive.
Across Australia, volunteering bodies, volunteer centres and thousands of volunteer-involving organisations will share the message that no matter how much or how little time you can spare, you still have the power to enrich your community and someone's life.
In WA, we are promoting this message by lighting up some of our State's most significant landmarks red, the colour of volunteering. These include the Bell Tower, Parliament House and the bridge at Elizabeth Quay and we encourage you to take photos and hashtag us at #nvw2018.
We will also be honouring some outstanding West Australians at the WA Volunteer of the Year Awards to be held this week at Hyatt Regency Perth, with thanks to support from our awards partner Bankwest Foundation and sponsors Adcorp, Bankwest Foundation, Chorus, Community News, Department of Communities, Office of Multicultural Interests, Lotterywest and Silver Chain.
Find a volunteering opportunity you’ll love at www.volunteeringwa.org.au
If we all give a little, together we can change a lot.
Volunteering WA chief executive Tina Williams.
Volunteering WA chairman Craig Spencer.