At Beyond Bank, not only do we strive to go beyond for our customers, but we're also committed to using our business as a force for good. We believe we are stronger together, and that's why we're invested in building stronger communities and encourage our staff to volunteer for a cause they feel passionate about.
During National Volunteer Week, we're giving a big shout out to all the volunteers who have lent a hand this year.
Our Beyond Bank employees have pledged their time through our #countmein volunteering campaign. Despite the pandemic, they have responded incredibly. They have mended fences, built animal enclosures, wrapped gifts, supported fundraising events, cooked meals and barbeques, packed hampers and sorted clothing. Some have walked, run or ridden; others have given blood, built websites or joined boards.
And for all of you in the community who pitched in, congratulations! Your volunteering has helped to change lives, and not just for those receiving the services.
But a big problem is looming. More volunteers are desperately needed. The changes bought by Covid-19 have meant many people have stopped volunteering. And while this country is doing a great job of managing the risks, volunteer numbers haven't recovered.
So if you're reading this article, think about how you could contribute.
Volunteering can provide you with a sense of fulfilment and a great perspective. Our staff couldn't agree more.
"It is satisfying to know that my regular donations of plasma save lives," said Mr Tim Brain from our Wagga Wagga branch.
"It is assisting people who are in a more unfortunate position than myself."
"I know how beneficial it is to give blood, so now I encourage others to donate as well," Mr Brain said.
Gabriella Gibb, a Community Coordinator in the ACT, spent time at Ronald McDonald House in Canberra, making life just a little better for patients and their families.
"You come away with your' love tank' topped up, in addition to filling up others. It's very satisfying to give back," she said.
Volunteering provides a sense of connection. There are many opportunities for learning some different skills and activities too.
Marketing Manager Karina Stain volunteered at the Dementia Australia Memory Walk event.
"I felt inspired to see so many people rallying to support an organisation that makes lives better for people who Dementia impacts," she said.
"It made me smile and also bought a tear or two to my eye."
Volunteering is easy. Find out how to do it now: https://govolunteer.com.au/