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The Sal­va­tion Army Rock­ing­ham has been the first to ben­e­fit from the City of Rock­ing­ham’s Cor­po­rate Vol­un­teer­ing Pro­gram, de­vel­oped to as­sist the growth of vol­un­teer­ing in the area.

City staff helped the Sal­va­tion Army re­lo­cate its op shop to new premises at the cor­ner of Read Street and Will­mott Drive, Cooloongup.

Help­ing with the move was part of a pi­lot pro­gram to in­tro­duce the Cor­po­rate Vol­un­teer­ing Pro­gram — an ini­tia­tive from the City’s Vol­un­teer­ing Strat­egy 20162022.

City ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Andrew Ham­mond said the pi­lot pro­gram was a great suc­cess and had set an ex­am­ple he hoped more of the cor­po­rate sec­tor would fol­low.

“As­sist­ing the Sal­va­tion Army move to new premises showed the value cor­po­rate vol­un­teer­ing can pro­vide to re­cip­i­ents, em­ploy­ers and em­ploy­ees alike,” he said.

“City staff en­joyed the op­por­tu­nity to sup­port an or­gan­i­sa­tion that tra­di­tion­ally does so much to help vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in the area.”

Mr Ham­mond said not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions could ben­e­fit by hav­ing a work­force avail­able for spe­cific roles such as a move or clean-up.

“Vol­un­teer­ing plays a cru­cial part in com­mu­nity life — it builds stronger and more re­silient com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

“While the cost sav­ing means sport­ing bod­ies, emer­gency ser­vices, aged care and youth or­gan­i­sa­tions and a raft of other not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions can op­er­ate more ef­fec­tively.

“The City of Rock­ing­ham is for­tu­nate to have a strong vol­un­teer­ing spirit and the most re­cent Vol­un­teer­ing Strat­egy . . . will en­hance the so­cial and eco­nomic as­pects of our re­gion.”

Pic­ture: City of Rock­ing­ham.

The City of Rock­ing­ham joined Sal­va­tion Army staff to help re­lo­cate the char­ity’s op shop to new premises as part of a pi­lot pro­gram, which aims to grow vol­un­teer­ing in the re­gion.

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