Call to nominate volunteers who make a difference
Wodonga Council is calling for nominations for the 2017 Wodonga Volunteer of the Year awards for people who have made an outstanding contribution to the community in the Wodonga region.
Wodonga Mayor Cr Anna Speedie said more than 300 people volunteer across Wodonga for various reasons. Some volunteer to contribute or give back to the community, others as part of their studies, to get some experience that may lead to employment, to socialise or network, or as part of their workplace.
“Volunteers add enormously to our city, and really help to strengthen the fabric of our community,” Cr Speedie said.“They also make a significant financial contribution – for every dollar invested in volunteerism there is an estimated economic return of $4.”
In 2016-2017 the council invested $90,000 in volunteerism – this equates to $360,000 of value to the organisation and the community.
This includes human capital but also the physical, social and symbolic capital that volunteers contribute either to an organisation or the community.
In Wodonga, volunteers help out at many different venues, events and activities from tree plantings to youth committees, Waste Transfer Station and the Visitor Information Centre. They vary widely in age, background, skills, and availability – and each one is valued enormously.
In 2016 Wodonga Council hosted its inaugural Volunteer of the Year Awards with tributes for the best individual (Sarah Negrin), team (Wodonga Storm Junior Rugby League’s Sal Kaiwai and Ryan Dodd) and across the three categories of community service (Megan Pearce and Geoffrey Smith), sport/recreation (Kyle Brereton), and environment/science/technology (Don Grant).
Nominations close 5pm on Friday, April 21, with the awards presented at the Volunteer Fair on Saturday, May 13 during National Volunteer Week.
Nomination forms are at wod.city/VolAwards2017
Last updated: 16-03-2017
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