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Volunteer Week says we’re ‘better together’ – and it’s very true

Danielle Kutchel, Monday, 23rd May 2022 -  The theme for last week’s Volunteer Week rings very true for Natalie Egleton of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.

Opinion

National Volunteer Week shines a spotlight on volunteers

Danielle Kutchel, Monday, 16th May 2022 -  National Volunteer Week is a great opportunity to acknowledge freely given effort, but the nature of volunteering is evolving, writes Volunteering Australia CEO Mark Pearce.

Opinion

Volunteering in a time of COVID

Danielle Kutchel, Monday, 6th December 2021 -  As International Volunteer Day is celebrated, Mark Pearce highlights new research revealing the profound experiences of volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Opinion

For those that do hold a hose

Danielle Kutchel, Thursday, 20th May 2021 -  Research reveals that volunteering has been smashed by COVID-19. It will not come back on its own, it requires investment, writes David Crosbie, who calls on governments, policy makers, philanthropists, charities and not for profits to all prioritise

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It’s time to recognise, reconnect and reimagine volunteering

Danielle Kutchel, Tuesday, 18th May 2021 -  National Volunteer Week 2021 challenges us to think imaginatively about a tomorrow in which volunteering can thrive, as we celebrate the contributions of the volunteers of today, writes Mark Pearce, CEO of Volunteering Australia.

Volunteering: The ultimate act of kindness

Danielle Kutchel, Thursday, 8th April 2021 -  We must change the perception of volunteerism, so it is no longer viewed as a transactional model of helping, but rather an act of making a difference and addressing key issues in society, writes Bruce Argyle from Bendigo Bank.

Three reasons why volunteering now is great for the community and your career

Danielle Kutchel, Sunday, 17th May 2020 -  We sit down with the head of Volunteering Australia to find out more 

Schooling and surfing: Volunteering as a family overseas

Danielle Kutchel, Monday, 20th April 2020 -  In 2014 Mele took on a volunteer assignment in Tonga, shifting her young family of five overseas. It was an experience that brought them all closer together.

Women empowering women: How Australian volunteers are supporting gender equality in Papua New Guinea

Danielle Kutchel, Monday, 2nd March 2020 -  International Women’s Day on 8 March provides an opportunity to acknowledge three women who, through the Australian Volunteers Program, are working with organisations to empower women in Papua New Guinea.

How I built a career in gender and international development

Danielle Kutchel, Monday, 3rd February 2020 -  Volunteering overseas kick-started Simone Condon’s career in both international development and gender. But what is the role of gender in international development? And how can you use your skills to support gender projects? Here she shares her ins
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