3 November 2017

Volunteer Managers and corporate volunteers who make a contribution to the not-for-profit sector (NFP) were acknowledged today at the 2017 NSW Corporate Volunteer of the Year awards.

The awards were held at NSW Parliament House and those selected as finalists will go through to the 2017 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards in December.

The finalists are:

Excellence in Volunteer Management:

Mary Leehane from Far West Local Health District in Broken Hill
Alex Rixon-Booth from I Need Helpers
Outback Links, Frontier Services

Corporate Individual:

Robyn de Szoeke who works at Deloitte Australia and volunteers with Dress for Success Sydney
Len Gallo from Inflower at Ryde, who volunteers for Royal Rehab
Leanne Rix from Greater Bank in Newcastle, who volunteers for Camp Quality

Corporate Team:

Salesforce for Dress for Success Sydney
NRMA for Outback Links
VM Ware for Raise Foundation

Both small and large corporations engage in volunteering for NFP organisations, contributing $7.7 billion in community partnerships across Australia. Forty-six percent of businesses have a formal workplace volunteering program, adding substantial value to the work of community and NFP organisations.[1]

Chief Executive Officer of The Centre for Volunteering, Gemma Rygate, said the donation of employees’ skills and talents can be more valuable than a cash donation.

“It has a shared value, contributing both to the professional development of corporate staff and the level of expertise and resources a charity can offer its clients. And there are some wonderful volunteer managers whose work also needs to be acknowledged. They are the people who ensure the volunteering experience is a good one. They help retain and grow, develop and recruit volunteers to ensure the essential work of volunteers continues to be done.”

The Awards Patron, the Minister for Multiculturalism and Minister for Disability Services, the Hon Ray Williams said volunteering was a way for business to invest in its local community.

“Volunteering is an excellent way to give back to our community, both for the individual volunteer and for the corporate sector as a whole,” Mr Williams said. “These awards are an opportunity to acknowledge the essential work of volunteers, and the vital role of corporate volunteer managers who recruit and develop their volunteers.”

“The NSW Government is proud to support these awards because we understand the significant social and economic value of volunteering,” he said.

ClubsNSW CEO Anthony Ball said the club industry was proud to be Principal Partners of the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards.

“On behalf of our 1200 member clubs, we are very proud to support this Awards program which shines a spotlight on the 2.3 million volunteers in NSW. Clubs across NSW rely upon over 40,000 volunteers to assist in their operations to provide services to members and their local communities. Through a myriad of opportunities, volunteers in the club industry dedicate over one million hours of their time per year, and we are incredibly proud of the part they play in building and strengthening our local communities.”

The Volunteer of the Year Awards are generously supported by principal partners the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, and ClubsNSW, the industry body which represents the state’s 1200 not-for-profit clubs, as well as Bupa Aged Care, Etchcraft and Thrifty Car and Truck Rentals.

For information visit www.volunteering.com.au

[1] Giving Australia 2016

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Photos can be found here 1 here 2 (photo credit: Michael Mannington | Photographer | www.volunteerphotography.org), here (photo credit: Susan White | Professional Photographer | www.whiteweddingphotographers.com ) and here.

The NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards is an annual program run by The Centre for Volunteering to recognise the outstanding work of volunteers in every region across NSW. Twenty award ceremonies are held across NSW where nominees are recognised with certificates and winners announced.   Regional and corporate winners are entered into the final of the Volunteer of the Year, 2017.  For more information about the 2017 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards go to www.volunteering.com.au.