As part of National Volunteer Week, MHA Care is acknowledging, recognising and saying thank you to its Meals on Wheels, Planned Activity Group and Foodshare volunteers.
National Volunteer Week, which runs from May 8 to 14, provides an opportunity to highlight the role of the oganisation’s volunteers and the work they do to support their local community.
This year’s theme is ‘Give Happy Live Happy’, which highlights the research that shows volunteers live happier and healthier lives.
MHA Care’s acting chief executive Wendy Ross said it was a week to say thank you to its volunteer workforce.
‘‘This volunteer week we say thank you to our volunteer workforce. MHA Care values our volunteers and is grateful for their ongoing dedication and commitment,’’ Ms Ross said.
‘‘Our volunteers provide important and essential services and really do make a difference to the lives of people in the local community.
‘‘We would not be able to run our programs without the support of our team of volunteers.
‘‘Over the last 12 months our Meals on Wheels volunteers delivered 8444 main meals to 114 clients, an outstanding achievement.’’
Foodshare volunteers provide emergency relief packs and have supported farmers through the dairy crisis.
In the past year, Foodshare has provided an equivalent 200000 meals to local people.
There is so much more to volunteering than simply giving your time and skills to help others; it can be a healthy lifestyle choice, a community builder and a way to increase health and happiness.
Volunteers contribute $290billion dollars to the Australian economy each year.
●People who would like to volunteer with MHA Care can phone volunteer co-ordinator Lorrain on 57421111. Arrangements can be flexible.