Volunteer Awareness Week 2012
"Building Communities Through VolunteeringJune 17-23, 2012
This year, the week of acknowledgement, celebration and awareness is built around the theme: Building communities through volunteering.
Volunteering contributes to the world in so many ways, and shapes much of our lifestyle. Volunteers are creating positive change on many fronts – community health care, sports and recreation, heritage and arts, environmental protection and advocacy, disaster relief, international development, and volunteer fire fighting – the list is endless. The work of volunteers is essential to building resilient communities at home and around the world. The need to support and get involved in volunteering is important for basic civil society to function – from ‘grass-roots’ volunteering to online volunteering. As a nation we can build community connections through helping out in our communities – we’ve seen it happen across the country in recent months - from Tauranga oil spills, to the Rugby World Cup, to supporting our whanau and friends in Christchurch.
Think about 'communities' as widely as possible when you shape your local, online and organisation celebrations - communities can be interpreted as regions, interest groups, online networks, people with similar or shared values. It’s about putting your communities and energy into action, and getting the impact we need to ensure all the communities of Aotearoa thrive.