Happy National Volunteer Week to all our Bega Valley Volunteers!
We certainly punch above our weight when it comes to volunteering, with over 300 volunteer organisations based right here in the Bega Valley and the highest rates of volunteering anywhere in New South Wales.
The theme of National Volunteer Week this year is Changing Communities. Changing Lives and there’s no doubt that our local volunteers have been there for us this year, helping shape what is needed for our communities through a time of enormous pain and suffering.
The contributions you have made to our community this year have been like no other. You’ve been there for us through bushfires and now COVID-19 and together we will get through this too.
Having been a Red Cross volunteer for seven years now, I know first-hand the personal sacrifices you all make for this community. But I also know that you love what you do and don’t go out looking for any accolades.
You all deserve enormous respect and acknowledgement for what you do.
Volunteering in this community has been one of the most rewarding and humbling experiences of my life so I encourage everyone to get involved where you can.
There are some really heart-warming stories out there at the moment; of random acts of kindness such as checking on neighbours or paying it forward by donating a free takeaway coffee in the local coffee shop.
It’s this kind of informal volunteering of sorts that will get us through this tough time and absolutely makes a difference, every day.
I really believe that people in need feel most comfortable being supported by those they recognise as being part of their community. It’s about having confidence in a person you know. When you can actually see the on-the-ground benefits, that’s when volunteering is most rewarding.
Thank you to all our volunteers for your skills, compassion and dedication today and every day!