THIS week marks National Volunteer Week 2020 with this year’s theme ‘Changing Communities. Changing Lives’, it’s appropriate that 16 local community groups in Mallee will benefit from a share in $9million of Federal funding to support local volunteers across Australia.
The grants awarded are between $1,000 and $5,000, and will enable organisations in Mallee to better support their volunteers to purchase small equipment, pay fuel, transport and training costs.
Member for Mallee, Anne Webster, said this funding will go a long way in supporting organisations and their volunteers through what has been a tough year.
“Mallee has been significantly impacted by drought and coronavirus this year. This funding will go a long way to support volunteers to continue their important work in the community,” Dr Webster said.
“Volunteers are an integral part of our society, especially during difficult times. Their contribution is vital to ensuring that we continue to support families, provide employment pathways for young people and strengthen community resilience.”
Some of the sectors this funding will help include Men’s Sheds, Football and Netball clubs, Little Athletics and St John Ambulance.
National Volunteer Week, which commenced on May 18 and runs until this Sunday, is run by Volunteering Australia. You can get involved in the online activities by visiting the Volunteering Australia www.volunteeringaustralia.org/update-on-national-volunteer-week-2020/#/.