This year National Volunteer Week runs from 11-17 May, with the theme of ‘give happy, live happy’.
At Youth Off The Streets our volunteers donate on average 782 hours per week across all our services, including our Street Walk program. Father Chris Riley recently said of this program: “It’s a very confronting service for some people and volunteers and it is not euphoric work. The volunteers experience the issues young people face first hand. Looking back on it though, they can say they have made a difference in young people’s lives; helping the most disadvantaged”.
Additionally, it’s a well known fact that volunteer programs drive employee engagement within corporate organisations, and companies that offer a variety of volunteer opportunities are likely to attain higher participation rates. A recent study of over 4,000 participants, conducted by the Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM), led by Dr Debbie Haski-Levanthal, highlighted that, among non-volunteers, the biggest barrier was not being asked (38%). Of these non-volunteers, 90% indicated they would participate if they were offered the right opportunities. Read more
We have an extensive volunteer program, and numerous ways for our partners to get involved. At our recent Schools Sports Day, where our four schools competed in a number of games, our friends at Pepsico Australia pitched in and helped with refereeing, hosting the BBQ, cheering the players on, and even forming their own team to play (they lost!). If you want to find out about our employee engagement offerings, please contact the team.