Volunteers happily give 76,000 hours


This week Churches of Christ in Queensland joins thousands of organisations around the nation to celebrate National Volunteers Week (11 – 17 May) with the theme of ‘Give Happy, Live Happy’.

With over 1,100 volunteers making valuable contributions across Queensland and Victoria, Churches of Christ in Queensland’s volunteer program has grown more than 35% since last financial year.

Jodie Mears, Volunteer Services Manager attributes this strong growth to an extensive footprint and diverse volunteer program stretching from Townsville to Melbourne.

"We benefit from the generosity of volunteers in every field ranging from early child care to aged care, administration to maintenance, support services to men’s sheds and almost everywhere in between," Ms Mears said.

"These selfless individuals give of their time and skills to help bring the light of Christ into communities."

More than 76,000 hours were donated by volunteers last year to Churches of Christ in Queensland, providing the equivalent of approximately $2,128,000 in labour costs to the organisation and the community.

What is not so easy to measure is the social and emotional richness that comes from the work of volunteers.

"The real value of our program is the daily interactions between our volunteers and clients, the support, conversation, smiles and connectedness are truly priceless." Ms Mears said.

"Churches of Christ in Queensland is a place where everyone can make a meaningful difference, connecting people to community, culture and spirit through volunteering and we are grateful to have so many volunteers now choosing to support our organisation."

"We couldn’t imagine the place without them!"

Churches of Christ in Queensland has been an active part of the Queensland community for more than 130 years, operating a range of missional and community care services to assist families, the elderly and people in need through church communities and its care services groups operated by Churches of Christ Care.

The organisation has a significant presence within Queensland and Victoria with over 200 services in more than 100 communities, touching tens of thousands of lives each year.

Posted May 13, 2015 in News