Volunteers make invaluable contributions to the community

Wilcannia Forbes Central Council of the St Vincent de Paul (SVDP) Society is appreciative of the invaluable contribution their wonderful volunteers make in the delivery of services to their respective communities. 

Volunteering is recognised, valued and supported as an enduring, respected and integral part of society.

This week is National Volunteer Week and continues on with last year’s theme, “Give Happy, Live Happy.”

More than six million Australian volunteers give happiness to others each year with research showing that that those who volunteer are happier as a result.

It’s estimated that 95 per cent of Australia’s not-for-profit organisations are run by volunteers.

National Volunteer Week is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia, and allows SVDP to join with other volunteer organisations to acknowledge their volunteers as without their tireless contributions the society would not exist.

These tireless efforts do not go unnoticed.

The St Vincent de Paul Society (or Vinnies) store in Cobar has 34 volunteers working in their Marshall Street centre.

The funds raised in the centre go towards providing support to the less advantaged and marginalised in the Cobar area, in the form of food parcels, clothing, bedding and household items, assistance with energy bills and other utilities, rates, transport, medical bills and budget assistance.

More important than all these practical needs is the emotional support and referral service they also provide.

The Vinnies volunteers are always looking for more helpers to assist them in this work.

Men and women of all ages and denominations are welcome.

Even a couple of hours a week would be a great help.

Your local Vinnies Centre has a very friendly, social environment and the work provides a special sense of satisfaction you get from helping others and learning new skills.

Various tasks include sorting donated
goods, serving at the counter, clerical, basic computer work, interviewing and listening to people in need.

If you are interested in volunteering, call in at the Vinnies Centre—they would love to hear from you.