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National Volunteer Week

9-15 May 2016

Each year in May, Volunteering Australia dedicates a week to highlighting the important role volunteers play in our communities. National Volunteer Week provides an opportunity to thank volunteers, recognise their contribution and encourage more people to volunteer.

As one of Australia's largest volunteer organisations, Red Cross takes pride in celebrating our volunteers. They are critical to the work we do - we could not exist without them, and voluntary service is one of our fundamental principles.

Volunteers also add value to our whole society. They help connect people and build trust within communities. They share information, skills and resources - and in times of need, these social connections enable communities to mobilise quickly.

More than one in three Australians volunteer. Their commitment makes our communities stronger and more resilient. Having a society with a strong culture of volunteerism is a big plus, and thanks to volunteers we all benefit from the plus effect.

Learn more about the +Plus Effect »

Red Cross and volunteering

We are an organisation built on volunteering. In Australia we are supported by over 20,000 volunteers. They work with and support vulnerable people in the community, helping to build connections and trusting relationships.

Last year our volunteers helped support 19,000 people during emergencies, and served up 550,000 breakfasts to kids who would otherwise have started the school day hungry. Our volunteers supported 15,000 people living in the community while seeking asylum and made two million phone calls to help socially isolated Australians stay in their homes

Internationally, our volunteers helped people achieve healthier, safer and more sustainable lives, helping out with relief efforts after disasters like Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, the Nepal Earthquake and the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

We value the contribution of volunteers and the difference they make in their communities. Volunteers help people to improve their lives. They strengthen communities to be more supportive, connected and inclusive.

Learn more about volunteering with Red Cross »