National Volunteer Week starts today
National Volunteer Week starts today with volunteers from across the state taking part in the annual march along King William Street before meeting at Elder Park.
The annual celebration acknowledges the generous contribution of our volunteers.
This year's theme, 'Give happy, live happy', celebrates that volunteers are happier as a result of helping others.
South Australia's annual volunteer parade, organised by Volunteering SA & NT, starts at the Torrens Parade Ground from 10.30am.
On Wednesday, the State Volunteering Congress will be held in Adelaide, while activities and events are being held across South Australia throughout the week.
The congress includes a keynote address on how volunteering improves health and happiness; a masterclass on strengths-based leadership; and a panel discussion about volunteering in communities after a disaster.
For more information about other events being held across the state to celebrate National Volunteer Week, visit www.volunteeringsa.org.au.
Research has found that 95% of volunteers relate their volunteering to feelings of wellbeing and greater health and happiness. Just a few hours of volunteer work can make a difference in happiness and mood.
As well, volunteering makes an enormous difference to the lives of those who are helped, and our community as a whole. Everyone benefits from volunteering.
Across South Australia, it is estimated that more than 900,000 individuals donate their time and energy through volunteering, together contributing around 1.7 million volunteer hours each week.
This volunteering effort is valued at almost $5 billion each year.
Minister for Volunteers, Zoe Bettison said:
Celebrate National Volunteer Week at an event in your local community.
National Volunteer Week acknowledges the important role volunteers play in our community and is an opportunity for us all to say thank you.
It's wonderful to see research confirm what many volunteers have long known, that volunteers not only make others happier, but they are happier as well.
Volunteers are a formidable workforce, powering many essential community, environmental, sporting and cultural activities and services.
Visit www.volunteeringsa.org.au for more information about events near you.