Ki­wis love to vol­un­teer

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The re­lease of the Sta­tis­tics New Zealand ‘‘Non-profit in­sti­tu­tions satel­lite ac­count: 2013’’ (NPISA) data to­day in­di­cate that New Zealand re­mains a coun­try with a strong com­mit­ment to vol­un­teer­ing, but through less hours vol­un­teered.

‘‘Re­duced hours are con­sis­tent with in­ter­na­tional trends where vol­un­teers are con­stantly man­ag­ing busy sched­ules to vol­un­teer’’ states Scott Miller, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Vol­un­teer­ing New Zealand. How­ever, since the last NPISA find­ings were last recorded in 2004, the pro­fes­sion of vol­un­teer man­agers has de­vel­oped con­sid­er­ably to meet the needs of vol­un­teers in our com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Ef­fec­tive vol­un­teer man­age­ment en­sures vol­un­teer ef­fort is max­imised through well de­signed vol­un­teer roles, and man­aged through well de­signed vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties.

As a re­sult, or­gan­i­sa­tions are in­creas­ingly de­vel­op­ing a cul­ture of vol­un­teer ex­pe­ri­ence the meets the needs of time-poor peo­ple to vol­un­teer more flex­i­bly.

Cana­dian re­search sug­gests that shorter-term vol­un­teer­ing has forced or­ga­ni­za­tions to think out­side the box, re­sult­ing in new and valu­able vol­un­teer roles; pro­vided op­por­tu­ni­ties for or­gan­i­sa­tions to meet their mis­sion in ways not pre­vi­ously pos­si­ble; and en­gaged busy peo­ple in or­gan­i­sa­tions who might not oth­er­wise have vol­un­teered.

As Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week con­tin­ues Miller adds the re­lease of this data co­in­cides well with this year’s theme that serves to ac­knowl­edge and cel­e­brate the 1.2 mil­lion vol­un­teers who ‘make time’ for our com­mu­ni­ties’’.

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. Visit www.vol­un­teer­ingnz. org.nz for more in­for­ma­tion.

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