Three corporations have teams in the running for the state finals of the 2016 Corporate Volunteer Team of the year.

They are:

  • Salesforce Team
  • Club Rivers CRcommuniTeam
  • Macquarie Specialist Investment Solutions Higher Purpose Team

The winners will be revealed at the 2016 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards gala ceremony on December 2.

The winners of the 2016 Corporate Volunteer of the Year Awards will also be announced at this event. The two finalists are:

The two finalists are:

  • Chris Bond, Macquarie Bank
  • Jarrod Irwin, ING Direct

Chief Executive Officer of The Centre for Volunteering, Gemma Rygate, said volunteers improve people’s lives by helping out and keeping people connected to their community.

“In NSW around 2.3 million people volunteer each year,” Ms Rygate said.

“The Corporate Volunteer Team award recognises the exemplary leadership demonstrated by organisations that are altruistically contributing to their communities,” Ms Rygate said.

“Harnessing the energy and ingenuity of their corporate ethos, these organisations have applied their endeavours into good deeds in their local communities.”

“At an individual level the finalists in the Corporate Volunteer of the Year have shown it is possible to combine a senior and demanding job with pro bono community service,” Ms Rygate said.

The Award’s Patron is the Hon Mr John Ajaka, the Minister for Multiculturalism, Disability Services and Ageing, who is also responsible for volunteering.

“These awards are an opportunity to uncover and celebrate the great achievements of volunteers across NSW,” Minister Ajaka said

“The NSW Government is proud to sponsor these awards because we understand the profound social and economic value of volunteering. The important work of volunteers deserves our recognition,” he said.

ClubsNSW CEO Anthony Ball said the club industry was proud to be Principal Partners of the 10th Annual NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards.

“On behalf of our 1300 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 32,000 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 1300 not-for-profit clubs, as well as Bupa Aged Care.