Give Happy Live Happy

Volunteer to Give Happy, Live Happy

Established in 1989, National Volunteer Week is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia, and provides an opportunity to highlight the role of volunteers in our community and to say thank you our volunteers.

The economic value of Australia’s 6 million + volunteers has been calculated at $290 billion per year. If volunteering was an industry it would be the largest in Australia. Of course, volunteering is much more than an economic benefit. Volunteers are at the heart and soul of our nation where civic participation contributes so much to community wellbeing and resilience.

During National Volunteer Week we thank each and every volunteer around the country for their commitment and service; those in health, welfare, emergency services, sports, arts, culture, environment and in every community activity in every region around Australia.

The theme for National Volunteer Week 2015 is Give Happy, Live Happy. From 11 – 17 of May we want to make Australia the happiest place on earth by asking every Australian to give as much time as they can.

Not only are volunteers helping make the lives of everyone around them happier, they too are happier as a result. Research tells us that just a few hours of volunteer work makes a difference in people’s happiness. It’s proven that volunteers are happier, healthier and even sleep better than those who don’t volunteer.

Half of all people who volunteer are employed – and many of them are able to volunteer because employers, like Volunteering Australia’s great supporter, Beyond Bank, increasingly understand the positive effects of volunteering for their own paid workforce, and the very real benefits to the communities Beyond Bank operates.

We thank Beyond Bank for again partnering with Volunteering Australia for National Volunteer Week and helping us to acknowledge and celebrate the generous service of Australia’s volunteers.

If you are interested in volunteering go to www.govolunteer.com.au to search over 10,000 vacant volunteering positions and find the perfect role in your region.

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