Volunteers turn out in droves
The enthusiasm and uptake of volunteering teams in Northland has hit a high with many teams and individuals putting their hands up in response.
In recognition of National Volunteer Week, from June 18 to 24, Volunteering Northland asked a number of businesses and organisations to rally a group or team to volunteer on a project at a nonprofit for a half day during the week.
The response was phenomenal, with teams ranging from large corporate organisation’s leadership teams and big business groups, through to other nonprofits, migrants and student crews taking part.
Some groups are using their business skills to help a community group, while others took part in book-sorting, tree planting, painting, cleaning and even unpacking thousands of teddy bears.
Over 24 teams have already committed to help out various non-profit organisations all over Northland.
Volunteering Northland manager Bart van der Meer says the response was incredible.
‘‘We know that most people volunteer because someone asked them to, this year our role was to start the asking and then be a conduit between the various groups,’’ he says.
Dive Tutakaka volunteers chip in during Volunteer Week.