Vol­un­teers find po­si­tions on­line

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The South Waikato has been in­cluded in a new web­site that brings to­gether vol­un­teers with the or­gan­i­sa­tions that need them.

Vol­un­teer­ing Waikato has been launched and the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s new web­site al­ready fea­tures sev­eral po­si­tions in the South Waikato in­clud­ing roles for car­ing callers, fundrais­ing ap­peal col­lec­tors and those wish­ing to help ex­change stu­dents set­tle in the area.

Vol­un­teer­ing Waikato gen­eral man­ager Heather Moore has been con­tact­ing com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and work­ing with them to ad­ver­tise their re­quire­ments for vol­un­teer work­ers.

Vol­un­teer­ing Waikato’s web­site lists vol­un­tary work avail­able in spe­cific ar­eas and pro­vides a site for vol­un­teers to reg­is­ter with de­tails of the types of vol­un­tary work they would like to do.

‘‘Now that we have this web­site set up, peo­ple from around the re­gion are able to reg­is­ter with us on­line.

‘‘They can list the sorts of vol­un­tary work they are in­ter­ested in and they can also look at what sort of vol­un­tary work is cur­rently avail­able in their area,’’ Ms Moore said.

‘‘This now ap­plies to all the ru­ral towns through­out the Waikato, from Te Kauwhata to Toko­roa, and from Raglan to Whi­tianga.

‘‘Some of these cen­tres al­ready have more than a dozen vol­un­tary po­si­tions avail­able.’’

Ms Moore said that when vol­un­teers reg­is­tered on the web­site, they could also opt to be au­to­mat­i­cally no­ti­fied of new po­si­tions as they be­came avail­able, ei­ther in their own town or in sur­round­ing cen­tres where they wanted to do vol­un­tary work.

‘‘Some peo­ple are happy to work in any of sev­eral cen­tres around their home,’’ she said.

‘‘This ex­pan­sion into the ru­ral cen­tres of en­abling peo­ple to con­nect with com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions which need help is a ma­jor boost for the Waikato.

‘‘Dur­ing 2010 we had more than 1500 vol­un­teers work­ing in the re­gion, mainly in Hamil­ton and we are very keen to help other com­mu­ni­ties make use of this great re­source,’’ Ms Moore said.

‘‘As well, be­com­ing a vol­un­teer in the com­mu­nity of­ten pro­vides peo­ple with in­ter­est­ing, use­ful and sat­is­fy­ing ways to con­trib­ute.

‘‘It can also give them good work ex­pe­ri­ence, and is a great way to make new friends and con­nec­tions,’’ she said.

The Vol­un­teer­ing Waikato web­site is www.vol­un­teer­ing­waikato.org.nz

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