Porirua will celebrate International Volunteer Day this week with a call for more residents to sacrifice their time for a good cause.
Volunteer Porirua spokeswoman Lynne Harding said the city had hundreds of volunteers with a diverse range of skills.
‘‘We help about 400 volunteers a year to meet organisations that need them,’’ she said.
Nearly 5 per cent of New Zealand’s daily GDP was generated by volunteers, she said.
Ms Harding said Volunteer Porirua would celebrate on Thursday by holding an event to sign up volunteers and also reward those who had worked hard throughout the year.
She said benefits to volunteering included making friends, learning new skills and feeling good about yourself.
‘‘In Porirua we are seeing quite a few younger people coming through, which is really good.’’
Most centres had more female volunteers than males, but in Porirua it was an even split.
Ms Harding said organisations such as Refugees Services, Citizens Advice Bureau and Idea Services always sought helpers.
Taking it to the Streets, December 5, the Canopies, 11.30am.