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International Volunteer Day 2021

Through the International Volunteer Day campaign on 5 December 2021, people can be inspired to Volunteer now for our common future. Let’s encourage everyone, including decision-makers and citizens, to get involved in solving problems for people and the planet. Volunteers engage communities and help build a better and safer future for us all.

While volunteer numbers initially fell at the start of the global pandemic, younger volunteers stepped up to fill the gap. In New Zealand over the last year, many people helped others in generous, collaborative and innovative ways. We need to ensure that volunteers’ mahi aroha is met with good management, training and wellbeing support when their organisations are under increased pressure.

Encouraging, recognising and promoting volunteerism is an important part of creating a more equal and inclusive future for communities and worldwide. For the generations of tomorrow, we must take responsibility for the changes needed to build a better future now.
Visit Volunteering New Zealand's IVD page for a range of IVD resources...

“Founded on the values of solidarity and mutual trust, volunteerism transcends all cultural, linguistic and geographic boundaries. By giving their time and skills without expectation of material reward, volunteers themselves are uplifted by a singular sense of purpose.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Volunteering Meetups a hit

More than 600 people have come along to our volunteering meetup events over the past four years. In the relaxed ambience of the Southern Cross Garden Bar speakers from 100 of our community organisation members have talked enthusiastically about the volunteer opportunities they have to offer. Matches have been made on the spot as well as new roles created to engage the skills and interests of attendees.

It all began with a conversation two volunteers Chalaka and Claude had back in November 2016. They were looking at ways to promote volunteering and suggested Volunteer Wellington set up a volunteer meetup…..and as they say the rest is history!

Due to Covid-19 restrictions we have not been able to hold the meetup events for much of this year. We are hoping to start them again in 2022. They are will be held quarterly on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 6.00pm - 7.00 pm and you are welcome to come along. If you would like your community organisation to present at one of the 2022 Volunteering meetup sessions contact Julie Thomson