Honouring our community volunteers
Picture a community without ’em. Volunteers. These are the people who keep many of our essential organisations functioning at a level where they can make a real difference.
For the last three years, the Volunteer Resource Centre Manawatu & Districts has held a recognition event for those who give up their time and expertise in service to others.
Now is time to get nominations in so that those outstanding volunteers and their significant contributions can be acknowledged.
Resource Centre manager Norelle Ward says she wants to be ‘‘overwhelmed by the sheer number of nominations’’.
‘‘Anyone can make a nomination, they don’t have to be affiliated to the Volunteer Resource Centre. What we are looking for is the story behind the volunteer and their contributions – stories that could inspire others.’’
Nominations from Palmerston North City, Manawatu, Tararua, or Horowhenua districts across the six categories – general, youth, senior, migrant, corporate sector, and long service, close on April 15.
Organisations can nominate up to four volunteers across the six categories.
The nominations will be assessed by members of a voluntary panel who have not been involved in any of the nominations.
‘‘They will be looking for those heart stories – something to help ignite the passion in others.’’
Nominations can be made online at www.vrcmanawatu.org.nz or forms can be downloaded or collected from local libraries or at Hancock Community House. Alternatively email email@example.com to have a form sent out.
National Volunteer Week will be celebrated from June 19 – 25, and the awards will be presented at the recognition ceremony held during the week.
The The centre would like to hear of other plans that groups may have to mark the week. Norelle can be contacted on 354 6027, firstname.lastname@example.org and at Hancock Community House, 77 King St.