Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Get Volunteering Auckland

1 May 2008

Get Volunteering Auckland

By Caron Copek

“Volunteering is not about puppies with big eyes, kids with cancer, tree planting, or driving the elderly. For me it’s about making a difference,” says Cheryll Martin, Regional Manager, Volunteering Auckland.

Ms Martin is a passionate advocate for volunteers and the organisation she manages. “It’s volunteering which makes all of these things happen in our community. Volunteering is our end product. We support the community sector. It’s what we do.”

Volunteering Auckland is in a key position “on the people side of the voluntary sector”, says Ms Martin. The charitable trust works with organisations like the Cancer Society and the SPCA as well as Project Twin Streams and the Unforgettable Music Club to place individuals in voluntary positions.
Voluntary work can provide opportunities for work experience or gaining new skills, and a chance to make a difference. The centre also provides organisations with the talent and skills they need to do their work in the community.

Volunteering Auckland is one of 16 volunteer centres throughout New Zealand in 2008 which matches volunteers with organisations seeking unpaid staff. There were only six centres in 2001.

“There are 97,000 charitable organisations in New Zealand, of which 90,000 are run solely by volunteers” says Ms Martin. “New Zealand is built on volunteers. It’s in our blood. It’s who we are.”

Non-profit institutions contributed 2.6 percent to New Zealand's gross domestic product in 2004 according to Statistic NZ. When volunteer labour is included in the figures, non-profit institutions' contribution to GDP increases from 2.6 percent to 4.9 percent.

Volunteering Auckland fills over 300 “jobs” for community groups who require volunteer dog walkers, coaches, board members, photographers or administrative staff. Ms Martin and her team actively look for voluntary roles in particular areas, for example, the arts, sport and conservation.

It is free for non-profit organisations to become members of Volunteering Auckland. As the “experts on volunteer management” the organisation offers advice on a wide range of issues, resources and support on recruiting and retaining volunteers.

Volunteering Auckland has the people the voluntary sector requires. “Half of our volunteers are students and most are under 29 years of age. Around 90 percent are migrants who want to get involved with their community and make a difference. We’re also seeing a rise in the number of volunteers who are also employed full time” says Cheryll Martin.

Go to VolunteerNow.or.nz for volunteering opportunities or

www.volunteeringnz.org.nz for more information about Volunteering NZ.

Caron Copek is a journalism student at AUT University in Auckland


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Another Leader Exiting: Statement From Peter Dunne

I have concluded, based on recent polling, and other soundings I have been taking over the last few weeks, that, the volatility and uncertainty notwithstanding, there is now a mood amongst Ōhāriu voters for a change of MP, which is unlikely to alter...

“I have therefore decided that it is time for me to stand aside, so the people of Ōhāriu can elect a new electorate MP. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>


Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>


Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>


Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election