Perfect time to say thanks

Every year during National Volunteer Week (8-14 May) the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW recognises the efforts of its 25,000-plus volunteers.

Denis Walsh, State President St Vincent de Paul Society NSW, said that National Volunteer Week provides the perfect opportunity to thank its members and volunteers.

“The Society exists through the contribution of our compassionate members and volunteers. Together, they dedicated over six million hours last year to help others. They give up their time to support people experiencing disadvantage across the state and this Week is a fitting time to acknowledge their generosity,” said Mr Walsh.

“There will be celebrations across the state because without our passionate and hardworking members and volunteers we would not have been able to assist over 300,000 people in NSW last year.”

Jack de Groot, CEO St Vincent de Paul Society NSW, said the rewards from volunteering are immense and recommends people consider volunteering..

“As they say, Give Happy Live Happy. We run a number of programs involving our volunteers–like working in our shops, in our centres and offices and in programs like Compeer, a friendship program for people living with mental illness. These are just some of the many ways our volunteers make a real difference to people’s lives every day,” he said.

“With busy lives it can sometimes be hard to find time to volunteer, but putting aside a few hours is invaluable to you, your family and those whom you help.

“Your local St Vincent de Paul Society Centre is always looking for people to assist in giving others a hand-up. Volunteering is a great way to connect with your community and forge new friendships and acquire new skills. It provides an opportunity to give back.”