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Give Volunteers A Big Shout-out This June

Give a Big Shout-out to the volunteers in your community this June, says Volunteering New Zealand.

“Volunteers are vital to our communities, and everyone who gives their time to help their neighbour, school, marae or community organisation deserves a big shout-out,” says Michelle Kitney, Chief Executive of Tūao Aotearoa Volunteering New Zealand.

The Big Shout-out campaign runs for the month of June, culminating in National Volunteer Week (16-22 June), to recognise and thank volunteers. More than 20 events will be held by volunteer centres and other organisations nationwide, celebrating about 3000 volunteers.

Volunteers are found everywhere in our communities. They are first responders in emergencies, clean up our beaches and restore wild places, provide baking and meals for those in need, and support people who are having a hard time.

More than one million people across Aotearoa volunteer for an organisation, contributing $4 billion to the economy. Much more happens within communities and informally between people. In fact, about 50% of all adults in New Zealand volunteer, and 90% of community organisations are entirely volunteer-run.

“During the challenges of the last few years, volunteering has been vital to the wellbeing of people in Aotearoa. Many community organisations have had much greater demand for their services.

“Now it is time to shine a light on our unsung heroes, and we need your help to say thank you,” Michelle says.

The Big Shout-out encourages everyone to thank a volunteer they know – to give them a shout-out on social media (#thebigshoutout) or shout them morning tea.

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