To encourage skilled professionals to connect with community organisations looking for volunteers, the City of Boroondara will host a Skilled Volunteer Meet on Tuesday 23 October.
Mayor of Boroondara Cr Jim Parke is proud of the City’s volunteering record.
“This initiative will allow volunteers and local organisations to build their networks and work together.
“It will provide an opportunity for people to learn how their skills can support community organisations, how they can learn new skills and share their expertise.”
The Meet has been described as a platform for skilled Boroondara professionals to ‘speed date’ local organisations.
Professionals living in and around Boroondara will meet people from organisations involved in a range of sectors including health, education and the environment, while organisations will pitch their volunteer opportunities on the night.
Local volunteer, Ian Wong, resigned from his role as a partner at a technology consulting firm a year ago.
“I was finding there was something missing (in my work). That was really around the meaning of the work, the impact of work.”
Ian attended last year’s Skilled Volunteer Meet and used his knowledge in technology, strategy, project management and business operations to support three local community projects.
Today, Ian is a volunteer and Board member for the Yarra Riverkeeper Association and Camcare.
“A highlight was hearing the organisation’s pitch - I was inspired to volunteer my professional skills after learning about their needs and causes,” said Ian.
According to the 2016 Census, 26 per cent of Boroondara residents reported they had volunteered their time in the last year, an effort significantly greater than the average of 17.6 per cent in metropolitan Melbourne.
For more information about the Meet, visit: www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/skilled-volunteer-meet
For more information, please contact Laura Lynch via email [email protected] or phone 9278 4968.