Volunteering Victoria’s inaugural State Conference is taking place June 22-23. We are thrilled to welcome on board some wonderful sponsors to support the event.
One of the first sponsors to sign on is the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP).
Since launching 21 years ago, volunteers have been an integral part of their program. The organisation are committed to being an example of best practice volunteering and wanted to take their support to the next level.
GAP’s Foster Care Manager, Emma Cotsell explains:
“By supporting Volunteering Victoria and promoting volunteering matters at GAP, we are strengthening the future of the work we do. We are proud to be a bronze sponsor of the Volunteering Conference this year to promote innovation and meaningful collaboration in the sector.”
The most popular of GAP’s volunteer programs is their foster program. Passionate, patient and selfless volunteers bring dogs into their home and train them to be pets so that they can be adopted out. The program has proven extremely popular with all sorts of people.
“They come from every walk of life imaginable with one thing in common – they’re crazy about Greyhounds! I am always humbled by the lengths they will go to help us find the best fur-ever homes for our dogs,” says Emma.
Beyond their foster program, there are some other exciting programs happening at GAP, including the development of CityGAP, a new program designed to bring GAP to the people.
“Our café opposite Fitzroy Gardens will welcome greyhound lovers to enjoy a cuppa, stock up on pet supplies, and chat with our volunteers about what it’s like to own a GAP Greyhound. Best of all visitors will be able to cuddle some of our pooch pals at the café. Just beware: once you go Greyhound you never go back!”
As well as sponsoring the conference, GAP will be sending delegates along to the event and are looking forward to connecting with other people from the volunteering sector.
“Our volunteer program has largely existed under the radar – by being part of the conference this year we want to demonstrate to the volunteering sector that there is a place for meaningful, ethical volunteer involvement with government and industry stakeholders. We have so many exciting developments on the horizon at GAP; including a fantastic employee volunteer program; and we want to spread the word!”
Are you interested in becoming a Volunteering Victoria 2017 State Conference sponsor? There are still packages available. We would love to hear from you.