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Making a World of Difference

National Volunteer Week 20th – 26th May 2019

National Volunteer Week (NVW) is the annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers.

In celebration of International Volunteer Day, Volunteering Australia is pleased to announce the new theme for National Volunteer Week 2019 – “Making a world of difference”.

From 20–26 May 2019, thousands of events will be held across the country to say thank you to the 6 million Australians who volunteer their time. The week-long celebration will include breakfasts, morning/afternoon teas, and luncheons, as well as open days, award ceremonies, picnics, forums and training sessions.

Volunteering Australia’s State of Volunteering in Australia report found that 93% of volunteers saw positive outcomes as a direct result of their voluntary participation.

Volunteering plays a vital role in the development of social cohesion and social connection – both of which help alleviate loneliness.

Volunteering provides a pathway to employment through the development of skills, networks and values which are increasingly sought after in professional environments.

In 2016, Australians collectively volunteered 932 million hours in their local communities.

Now is the time to plan something special to say thank you to those who give so much.

To download resources and logos, visit Volunteering Australia