National Volunteer Week held from the 8 – 14 May, is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers. The role of volunteerism has long featured in our society and inspired many quotes, including these:

‘We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.’ – Winston Churchill ( 1874 – 1965)

‘Life’s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?’  – Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 – 1968)

‘The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.’ – Mahatma Gandhi (1869 -1948)

It doesn’t take Einstein to figure out that without the invaluable contribution that volunteers make many community service and not-for-profit organisations would fail to meet their vision, mission and goals.

Volunteering is a generous act of ‘paying it forward’, but it is also beneficial for those that volunteer.

According to Volunteering Australia, 95% of volunteers reflect that volunteering improves their feelings of well being and mental health. There is a strong correlation between the well-being, happiness, health and longevity of people who are emotionally kind and compassionate in their charitable helping activities.

So let’s celebrate the role that volunteers play in our society. If you are interested in volunteering, in the South West you can find more information at www.volunteeringwa.org.au  or www.volunteersouthwest.org.au