Volunteers are worth $290 billion every year

By McIvor Times

DID you know that Heathcote has between 60 and 70 community groups, associations and clubs?

From art to tourism, history, photography, health, education, emergency services, community services, including Lions, and so much more, now is a great time to consider getting involved and giving back.

And what better week than this, National Volunteer Week? It’s a time to celebrate volunteers who are “making a world of difference” in their local communities.

2019 celebrates 30 years of National Volunteer Week (NVW) in Australia, with the week growing to be the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in the country.

Volunteering Australia CEO Adrienne Picone said that Australia’s volunteers provide a 450% return for every dollar invested.

“This is the equivalent of $290 billion in social and economic good,” Ms Picone said. “The unpaid workforce provides indispensable support to organisations and communities, and deserves recognition for the substantial social, economic and cultural contributions they make at local, national and global levels.”

To celebrate National Volunteer Week this year, Volunteering Australia welcomed its patron, Sir Peter Cosgrove, and Lady Cosgrove at an afternoon tea at Government House on Tuesday, May 21.

“Volunteers make a world of difference to our communities and indeed our nation. National Volunteer Week is a week for all Australians to acknowledge and thank those who give back. On behalf of all Australians, to all the millions of volunteers – thank you,” the Governor-General said.

■Heathcote and district residents can drop in to the new Heathcote Volunteer Resource Centre on Tuesdays, between 10am and 2pm. Contact Lisa Richards, Volunteer Central Vic Coordinator on (03) 5421 1619 or email [email protected].