When you put your hand up to volunteer, you are joining the 40 per cent of Australians who offer some of their time and skills to the community. An article in The Sun-Herald newspaper on 13 May 2012 praised the estimated six million people, some retired, many younger, who are seizing opportunities to work for not-for-profit organisations. Many have support from their employers who see volunteering as a part of their corporate identity.
Volunteers help others; in return they broaden their own skills and experience a sense of achievement. Think of life savers, rural fire fighters and emergency services volunteers. Many smaller organisations and charities could not function without volunteers. As a Literacy Network volunteer tutor, you are part of a growing community that is seeking to make a difference to people’s lives.
National Volunteer Week begins on 14 May 2012. To find out more, see volunteeringaustralia.org.