National Volunteer Week (Monday 18 May to Sunday 24 May) is an annual celebration that recognises the contribution of volunteers nationally.
To express our gratitude, we have curated a collection of stories and portraits to showcase some of our inspirational volunteers and highlight the many different ways they contribute to our community.
Visit our Volunteers of Boroondara page to see their stories.
Boroondara has one of the strongest rates of volunteering in Melbourne, with 26 per cent of residents generously donating their time to various community organisations.
To add to this impressive statistic, the Boroondara Volunteer Resource Centre has received a record number of volunteering enquiries since the beginning of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are overwhelmed with everyone’s kindness and desire to help others in our community.
As well as being extra busy helping to match more than the usual number of volunteers to volunteering opportunities, the BVRC has been developing specialised resources to support community organisations and volunteer managers through the challenges of COVID-19.
Through its new online portal, the centre is helping to promote and fill specific COVID-19 volunteer opportunities to support local community organisations.
The centre has successfully enlisted volunteers to perform food collection and home delivery roles for The Salvation Army, Camberwell, as well as recruit volunteers to sew personal protective equipment for Able Australia. The centre is currently working with Moving Feast to help the organisation enrol volunteers to translate wellbeing materials in multiple languages.
Additional workshops are now available to support volunteers and volunteer managers in maintaining positive mental wellbeing through COVID-19.