This week, 8-14 May is National Volunteer Week 2017 – Give Happy Live Happy. National Volunteer Week is celebrated annually to acknowledge the valuable contributions made by Australia’s volunteers. Volunteering Australia, as the peak body for volunteering in the country, held an event at Parliament House in Canberra to celebrate the generous contributions of Australia’s volunteers and support services.
Volunteering plays a critical role in Australia’s national identity. There are 5.8 million Australians or 31 per cent of the population who engage in volunteering activities and programs, making an estimated annual economic and social contribution of $290 billion.
Tripwire would simply not be here without volunteers. Our committee members volunteer their time and expertise in order to keep Tripwire running smoothly and moving forward in achieving our vision. Our members involved in all three productions to date have been volunteers.
Thanks to everyone who has given their time and energy to Tripwire so far. We love what you do!
We’ve signed the petition to Help Volunteering Australia retain designated funding for Volunteering Support Services. We encourage you to sign the petition today and defend volunteering in your community.
Our petition asks the Senate to:
- Recognise the important role that Volunteering Support Services have in building strong and resilient communities;
- Retain funding for volunteer management and Volunteering Support Services at the current level of between $5.7 million in the 2017/18 budget