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Volunteering can improve your love life!

March 8

Volunteering can improve your love life!

International research shows one in five people believe giving up time for a good cause has boosted their love lives! "Volunteering is what speed-dating promises but never actually fulfils ­ a way of seeing a lot of truth about someone you have just met in as short a time as possible." Mukta Bas ­ Community Service Volunteers (UK).

In the Nelson/Tasman region more than 1,600,000 unpaid hours are contributed to health, education, sports and recreation, social services, arts and culture, emergency services, environmental and animal welfare, human rights and community development every year. Volunteer Awareness Week is being celebrated throughout New Zealand next week (12-18 March).

"Volunteers tell us that they get a lot out of being involved," says Volunteer Nelson Manager Jude McNabb. "With the increase in newcomers to Nelson from all around the world, volunteering is a way of learning and experiencing life in a new community, making new friends, learning new skills, having fun and making a difference."

Volunteer Nelson is inviting anyone interested to come along for an interview on Wednesday 15th and discover the wide variety of voluntary work available in our community.

Volunteer Nelson is celebrating Awareness Week for volunteers, friends and their families, with a dance and entertainment at the Boathouse on Sunday night. It is destined to be a great party night for volunteers with a variety of entertainment and great toe-tapping music provided by Don Manunui. The theme for Sunday's dance is "Put your hand up - Volunteer". You are challenged to dress up your hand and be in to win a prize! It is not too late to get a ticket - phone Volunteer Nelson.

During the week a seat dedicated to volunteers in Nelson and donated by the Nelson City Council will be unveiled on the Maitai walkway.

Volunteer Awareness Week began with New Zealand's volunteer centres in the 1980s and was picked up as a national event in the 1990s. Volunteer Awareness Week is a great time for first-timers to give volunteering a go.


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