National Volunteer Week honours the collective energies and mana of all volunteers in Aotearoa that grow our people, open minds, open hearts and create joy.
We are very proud of the everyday volunteers we have in our community and the services provided the organisations that unite us all together.
The essential contribution to communities during COVID 19 in Hawkes Bay and throughout New Zealand allowed volunteers to rally to keep communities connected, to help them stay well, and to answer the call to be courageous and kind.
Volunteering Hawkes Bay had 142 new Covid-19 volunteers sign up at the beginning of lockdown to support the 156 member organisations. Even now new roles are being created to assist our organisations as the true effect on our community is revealed.
Now is the time to support not for profit organisations with their events and fundraising activities, so they can meet challenges and changes both big and small, more so than ever.
National Volunteer Week 2020 runs from June 21-27. This year’s theme is ‘Te Hua o te Mahi Tahi I The benefit of working together’. Join us this National Volunteer Week to celebrate how our communities are stronger when working together. Volunteering is about enjoying what you do, getting something out of it, making a difference to others in our community or a cause. Limiting isolation and loneliness. If you are unemployed it serves as an opportunity into employment, adds to your cv (curriculum vitae). It is the chance to make friends and share your life experiences and skills.
We had the honour of talking to our guests who volunteer for some of our member organisations during National Volunteer Week. The passion, skills, knowledge and commitment showed us how volunteering is very much alive in Hawkes Bay. Listen here to what volunteers have to say: