Locals celebrated during National Volunteer Week

n celebration of National Volunteer Week from 16 to 22 May, Griffith City Council Mayor Doug Curran is acknowledging the work of volunteers and the key role they play in the community.

“I want to take the opportunity to reflect on the important role volunteers play in making Griffith a better place to live,” Cr Curran said.

“Volunteering is known to have health and wellbeing benefits. It helps people feel part of the community, can relieve stress, and gives people purpose.

“On behalf of the Griffith community, I would like to say a big thank you to all our wonderful volunteers for the time and commitment they put in.

“So many organisations and events cannot function without volunteers and there has been a trend for quite a few years away from volunteering, we need to get back to volunteering and soon or some of these organisations and events will disappear.”

At Council, we have more than 120 volunteers collectively contributing hundreds of hours per month across a range of Council areas including arts and culture, library services, tourism and committees.

“Across Griffith there are thousands of others giving up their time for kids’ sports, service clubs, carers, charities and the Carevan to name just a few. Many of these important activities would not occur without our valuable volunteers,” Councillor Curran said.

“The theme of National Volunteer Week 2022 is ‘Better together’ highlighting the profound impact volunteers make in our community and acknowledging the power of volunteering to bring people together, build communities and create a better society for everyone.

Councillor Curran is urging locals to nominate worthy volunteers in the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards.

“The NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards program recognises, celebrates and raises awareness of the outstanding efforts and valuable, selfless commitment of millions of volunteers and not-for-profit organisations in NSW,” he said.

“There are a number of different categories available and I encourage people in Griffith to think about nominating those local volunteers they know do great work.”

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