The more we give, the happier we feel. Volunteering increases self-confidence. You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment.
Are you a volunteer, or planning to volunteer? We want to hear from you.
We want to make 2017 the year that inspires more volunteers to give back to the community.
So, we’ve got a bit of a challenge for you — we want to inspire 300 of you to volunteer by the end of the year.
All you have to do is tell us where you volunteer and what you do there and you’ll go in the draw to win two tickets to Volunteering WA’s exclusive volunteer garden party at Government House in December.
To give you a bit of inspiration, Jeziel from Drive headed out to the Salvos café to help out in the kitchen on Thursday as volunteer #1.
Will you be one of the 300?
To enter, fill in the form below.
P.S. We’d love to come out and visit where you volunteer so we might drop you an email if you register 🙂
Michelle, who entered our competition and become volunteer #20 in our search for 300 volunteers to win two tickets to Volunteering WA’s exclusive volunteer garden party at Government House in December, volunteers with her family at the Canning River Parkrun to help keep the event ticking along.
Michelle said Parkruns are held on Saturday mornings, starting at 8am, around the world.
“Parkrunning is a free timed 5km run that is held at lots of different locations all over the world. It started in the UK and it came to Australia and we actually now have 23 Parkrun locations in WA,” Michelle said.
“Some of them have 50 people, others 300 but some of the big ones in the UK have over a thousand every week.
“My family and I all run. I’m at nearly 150 parkruns and volunteered about 27 times. I’ve got just under 21 minutes (as my fastest time) but that was a little while ago now.”
There are several key roles that volunteers fill for each parkrun, ranging from tail-running to maintain the safety of the course to scanning barcodes to log finishing times for competitors.
“There are all different roles and a roster for each of them. So basically you get onto the Facebook page for the event near you and send them a message saying you’d like to volunteer. You can either be a marshall, so just directing runners where to go on the course or you can help with scanning times at the end,” Michelle said.
“We also have a photographer every week who uploads the photos to Facebook and there is a tail runner who just walks the course at the back of the field to make sure everyone finishes safely.”
When quizzed on why Michelle volunteers she admits that volunteering is sometimes more fun than running and keeps the legs fresh.
“It’s actually really fun! It’s more fun than running most of the time. Parkrun encourages everyone to volunteer for one in every 10 runs so if everyone does that then the events can go along.
“Come along to any of the parkruns! Send the team a message on the website or the Facebook and the jobs are all really easy. You get full training at the start and you can encourage everyone from older people to family members on their run.”
Volunteering WA aims to build strong communities through volunteering and provides a range of resources, services and support so that people in Western Australia are aware of and understand the nature and scope of volunteer activity.