Vinnies Celebrates Value Of Diversity On International Volunteer Day

Thursday 5 December 2019

International Volunteer Day is celebrated annually on 5 December, and Vinnies is embracing the opportunity to celebrate the thousands of people who generously give of their time to support the charity’s good works.

This year’s theme – Volunteer for an inclusive future – aims to highlight the role volunteers play in contributing to inclusion and reducing inequality in local communities and across the world.

Volunteerism supports the pursuit of equality by providing opportunities for people, particularly those often excluded, to concretely impact their own lives and play a constructive role in their communities by sharing their time and skills.

St Vincent de Paul Society NSW CEO, Jack de Groot, strongly believes volunteering offers opportunities for everyone to make a difference, irrespective of age, gender, mobility, ability, ethnicity or income.

“It’s the diversity of Vinnies volunteers that helps make such a profound impact in local communities –their lived experience means they understand and empathise with those who are marginalised or doing it tough. Our volunteers are everyday people helping other everyday people, with open hearts and without judgement.

“More than 14,000 Vinnies volunteers from all walks of life are changing lives every day through their work in Vinnies Shops, as Conference members visiting people in need in their homes, or supporting the operation of our many services across the state – from food vans and community hubs to crisis accommodation centres for people escaping homelessness or domestic violence,” he said.

“Those we assist benefit from hundreds of thousands of hours of service willingly offered by volunteers. Time is one of the most valuable gifts we can give to one another, and I express heartfelt thanks to the thousands of commited volunteers who choose to share their time with Vinnies – it’s impossible to put a value on the contribution they make.”

The St Vincent de Paul Society offers an extensive range of rewarding volunteer roles for anyone with the heart and time for giving, and Vinnies volunteers play a critical role in rebuilding lives. In the last financial year, Vinnies members supported more than 61,000 people in their local communities.

For details of how you can help change lives as a Vinnies volunteer, visit your local Vinnies Shop or check out current vacancies at – by giving a little of your time, you’ll be helping to improve the lives of countless people in need.