December 5 is United Nations International Volunteer Day

Barossa Community Kitchen volunteers Di Hunter, Kath Gribble, Tanya Couzner and Elizabeth Kurtz joined in late October with Schubert MP Stephan Knoll.
Barossa Community Kitchen volunteers Di Hunter, Kath Gribble, Tanya Couzner and Elizabeth Kurtz joined in late October with Schubert MP Stephan Knoll.

Wednesday, December 5, marks United Nations International Volunteer Day.

It’s a chance to thank the work of the millions of volunteers nation wide, including 906,000 residing in South Australia.

According to Human Services Minister Michelle Lensink, SA boasts one of the highest volunteer rates in Australia, which she says is bolstered by the state government’s recent decision to remove fees associated with volunteer screening clearances.

Ms Lensink with Schubert MP Stephan Knoll reveal that volunteer contributions are valued at about $5 billion annually and an estimate 1.73 million volunteer hours each week benefit SA communities.

Mr Knoll said that the Schubert electorate also has the fifth highest volunteering rate in the state.

“Volunteers are the glue that sticks our Barossa community together, they need to be celebrated,” he added.

Meanwhile,South Australians considering volunteering to download the free ‘WeDo’ app to find specific volunteering opportunities in SA.

“The app is the first volunteering app of its kind in the world, with hundreds of volunteer opportunities available on the app at any time,” Ms Lensink said.

“It was a joint SA Government and Volunteering SA and NT initiative that has seen more than 3,500 people download it since its launch – connecting volunteers to those organisations in need in a matter of minutes.”

The ‘WeDo’ app is available via the iTunes App Store or on Google Play.

In 2018, International Volunteer Day is themed ‘Volunteers build resilient communities’, with a special focus on community volunteers who contribute to making their communities more resilient.