National Volunteer Week celebrates the collective contribution of the 1.2 million volunteers who enrich Aotearoa New Zealand. This year’s theme, chosen by Volunteering New Zealand, is “Whiria te tangata – weaving the people together”.
Locally we see hundreds of volunteers each week contributing a huge amount to our communities. Whether supporting others, improving the environment, campaigning, fundraising, responding to emergencies or facilitating sports or community events, volunteers are crucial to keeping our communities strong, connected and vibrant.
Volunteering increases self-confidence, gives a sense of purpose, provides a pathway to employment, creates friendships and should be really enjoyable! Volunteers strengthen community groups; bringing diversity, passion, skills, knowledge, capability, motivation, respect and much more.
Up and down the country this week volunteers will be thanked for their contributions and commitment and we encourage you to pause for a moment and thank volunteers that you know who make this community stronger. When we volunteer our time we send a message about what is important in our communities. Volunteering, Mahi Aroha and social action weave people and communities together.
Join us this National Volunteer Week to stand together in our differences and choose to connect through volunteering and share your activities on Facebook @VolunteeringCentral #NVW2019
We also encourage all volunteer involving organisations to celebrate and recognise their volunteers and Volunteering New Zealand have developed resources to support you that can be found on the National Volunteer Week website.