National Volunteer Week arrives in NSW

Published 12th May, 2014 in Family & Community Services

The 25th anniversary of National Volunteer Week begins today with the launch of the NSW Volunteer of the Year award, recognising the contribution of volunteers in NSW.

Minister Dominello, Gemma Rygate (CEO, The Centre for Volunteering), Nathan Barker (Head of Volunteering and Community Engagement, Commonwealth Bank) and Anthony Ball (CEO, ClubsNSW)
Minister Dominello, Gemma Rygate (CEO, The Centre for Volunteering), Nathan Barker (Head of Volunteering and Community Engagement, Commonwealth Bank) and Anthony Ball (CEO, ClubsNSW)

National Volunteer Week is a chance for the community to celebrate the powerful contribution that volunteers make to our lives. Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello said the Government’s $30,000 contribution to the award fund is recognition of the importance of volunteering in NSW.

“This year our State’s $2 million plus volunteers will make a contribution worth an estimated $5 billion to our economy.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of so many facets of our society, including aged care, emergency services, environmental management, healthcare, sport and tourism – all of which simply could not operate effectively without them."

The 2014 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards will include the following categories:

  • NSW Volunteer of the Year Award
  • NSW Volunteer Team of the Year Award
  • NSW Excellence in NFP Volunteer Management Award
  • NSW Corporate Volunteer of the Year Award
  • NSW Adult Volunteer of the Year Award
  • NSW Senior Volunteer of the Year Award

This year a new category is being introduced in the youth section, creating two distinct Awards to replace the previous one:

  • Student Volunteer of the Year Award (open to all school students)
  • Youth Volunteer of the Year Award (open to all those who have completed school and aged up to 24 years)

Nominations can be made through the Centre for Volunteering website.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony on 5 December in Sydney, coinciding with International Volunteer Day.

View more information about the competition including submission arrangements and dates.

Image: Minister Victor Dominello, Gemma Rygate (CEO, The Centre for Volunteering), Nathan Barker (Head of Volunteering and Community Engagement, Commonwealth Bank) and Anthony Ball (CEO, ClubsNSW).

Published 12th May, 2014 in Family & Community Services