Volunteers to be recognised
Unsung heroes of community groups will be formally recognised next week.
Volunteering Waikato is staging its annual Volunteer Excellence Awards on June 21 in The Atrium at Wintec.
General manager Heather Moore said this year the awards will be attended by 250 guests, including Jo Goodhew, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector; MPs Tim Macindoe, David Bennett and Sue Moroney; Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker; Otorohanga Mayor Dale Williams; Hamilton City Councillors and representatives of community organisations around the region.
The Volunteer Excellence Awards were first held in Waikato in 1994 and have pretty much been an annual event ever since, Ms Moore said.
Any community organisation in the region can nominate for the individual award, youth award, or the team excellence award.
Volunteering Waikato was founded in July 1993 as the Hamilton Volunteer Centre Trust. Membership includes more than 245 registered not- for- profit organisations.
More than 2400 individual volunteers came through the centre last year, who were referred to more than 3000 volunteering opportunities.
‘‘It was our busiest year ever,’’ Ms Moore said.
‘‘ You enrich lives and communities through volunteering,’’ she said. ‘‘Our main focus is matching the interests and skills of people who wish to volunteer with jobs in the community.’’
Volunteering Waikato averages 210 available voluntary positions on its books at any one time.
Since opening it has referred over 24,000 volunteers.
volunteeringwaikato. org .nz.