Through the International Volunteer Day campaign on 5 December 2021, people can be inspired to Volunteer now for our common future. Let’s encourage everyone, including decision-makers and citizens, to get involved in solving problems for people and the planet. Volunteers engage communities and help build a better and safer future for us all.
While volunteer numbers initially fell at the start of the global pandemic, younger volunteers stepped up to fill the gap. In New Zealand over the last year, many people helped others in generous, collaborative and innovative ways. We need to ensure that volunteers’ mahi aroha is met with good management, training and wellbeing support when their organisations are under increased pressure. The volunteer roles also need to be worthwhile, and the motivations of volunteers to volunteer for YOUR organisation taken into account.
Encouraging, recognising and promoting volunteerism is an important part of creating a more equal and inclusive future for communities and worldwide. For the generations of tomorrow, we must take responsibility for the changes needed to build a better future now.
Hon Priyanca Radhakrishnan, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, has thanked volunteers for supporting communities this year - watch her video below:.