Call for not-for-profits to join volunteer expo

April 10, 2024 5:50 am in by

Bega Valley’s not-for-profit organisations have been invited to register for the Many Hands Volunteer Expo at the Oaklands Event Centre in Pambula between 10am and 2pm on Saturday May 25.

Council’s Community Development Coordinator, Melissa Blain-Woodley, said this year the volunteer expo coincides with National Volunteer Week (20 – 26 May) and has been designed to provide exposure to the huge range of volunteering options across the shire and the opportunity to recruit new volunteers.

“The importance of volunteering in small rural communities cannot be overstated,” Ms Blain-Woodley said.

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“Volunteering binds, strengthens and propels our communities forward,” she said.

“The Many Hands Volunteer Expo is a fantastic opportunity to connect with like-minded people, explore volunteering options and contribute to positive change.

“We will also be running a free online workshop – Recruitment and Retention of Volunteers for your Organisation – two weeks before the expo to help volunteer groups to maximise opportunities when engaging with the community about volunteering.”

Ms Blain-Woodley encourages residents looking to give back to their community or who are passionate about a certain cause and want to lend a helping hand, to come along to the volunteer expo and see what captivates them.

“Perhaps you’re interested in supporting community cultural events, social justice, the environment, where you live, learning new skills, or bridging a gap,” Ms Blain-Woodley said.

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“Exploring a diverse range of opportunities at the volunteer expo will set you on the right track.”

Community organisations and groups can register to participate in the Many Hands Volunteer Expo HERE.

The Many Hands Volunteer Expo is a joint project with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, under the Investing in Rural Community Futures program.

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