Twelve Days of Volunteering: It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

International Volunteers day 2016’s theme #globalapplause– give volunteers a hand, recognising volunteers worldwide and all they do in making peace and sustainable development a reality. UN Volunteers orchestrated a round of #GlobalApplause to recognise all volunteers everywhere and the contribution they make.

Volunteering Victoria continued the celebrations for twelve more days into the festive season and brought you the “Twelve Days of Volunteering” to reflect the diversity and broad cross section of volunteering activities that occur throughout Victoria, each and every day.

Volunteering:  ‘Time willingly given for the common good without financial gain’

The definition of volunteering provides and insight into the broader and more inclusive reflection of  the diversity of volunteering activities undertaken nationally. As International Volunteers Day has been celebrated throughout the world, here in Australia over 5.8 million^ individuals over the age of 15, who this year contributed over 743^ million hours of volunteering to the Australian community, celebrated in various ways. (^ABS 2015 study)

The twelve-day campaign was developed to recognise and celebrate our volunteers and support services within Victoria. Each day we shared volunteers support organisations, volunteer involving organisations or volunteers’ stories so we can celebrate their gift, brighten your day with the magic of active citizenship and share the powerful movement that is volunteering.  #Global applause – remember to give your volunteers and volunteer managers a hand.

They are at the heart of our community.

Volunteers’ gift to the community



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