Celebrations Under Way For National Volunteer Week

  • National Volunteer Week runs from Monday, 20 May to Sunday, 26 May 2024
  • The theme for 2024 is ‘Something for Everyone’
  • 253 organisations supported by Cook Labor Government grant funding will host events across the State this week to celebrate WA volunteers
  • WA Volunteer Service Awards and 2024 WA Volunteer of the Year Awards will be held this week

Today marks the beginning of National Volunteer Week, Australia’s biggest celebration of volunteering.

Held from Monday, 20 May to Sunday, 26 May, National Volunteer Week celebrates volunteering across the country – with this year’s theme being ‘Something for Everyone’.

The State Government’s WA Volunteer Service Awards will be held on Tuesday, 21 May as part of National Volunteer Week to recognise long-serving volunteers.

Hosted by Volunteering WA, the 2024 WA Volunteer of the Year Awards are also celebrated through National Volunteer Week on Thursday, 23 May.

These awards celebrate the people and organisations who make significant contributions to the community through volunteering.

Volunteer-involving organisations were encouraged to apply for a share of $335,000 in Lotterywest grant funding, administered through Volunteering WA, to host activities to celebrate the week.

The grant funding has supported 253 organisations to host activities that celebrate and recognise their volunteers. Activity highlights include:

  • Roleybushcare Inc. 30thAnniversary Volunteer Celebration (Roleystone)
  • Celebrating the Volunteers of Pets of Older Persons WA (Maylands)
  • Bunbury State Emergency Service Inc. 2024 National Volunteer Week Celebrations
  • Geo Bay Wildlife Rescue Inc. Something for Everyone Your Skills are our Lifeblood (Busselton)
  • Good Sammy Enterprises Morning Tea and Movie Night (Canning Vale)
  • No Limits Perth Afternoon Tea of Appreciation (Wangara)
  • Pony Club WA Volunteer Self Care Yoga Party (Orange Grove)
  • Short Back and Sidewalks Styles of Service: A Photographic tribute to Volunteer Hairdressers (Inglewood)
  • Telethon Kids Institute Volunteer Thank You: Banter, Bites and Board Games in the Park (Nedlands)
  • Blind Citizens WA Volunteer Thank You Dinner (Victoria Park)

Visit https://www.volunteeringwa.org.au for more information about volunteering in WA.

As stated by Volunteering Minister Don Punch:

“National Volunteer Week is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate volunteers who generously donate so much of their time and efforts to making our communities better places.

“More than 250 organisations across the State will host an event for National Volunteer Week to give back to their volunteers.

“The State Government’s WA Volunteer Service Awards will be held this week to acknowledge, celebrate and thank long-serving volunteers.

“Volunteering WA’s Volunteer of the Year Awards will recognise the people and organisations who have made outstanding contributions to the sector.

“On behalf of the Cook Government, I would like to thank the 1.5 million volunteers across WA.”

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