Volunteers find positions online
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