Wednesday September 24, 2014
Local State MPs Stuart Ayres from Penrith and Tanya Davies from Mulgoa today encouraged businesses in western Sydney with employee volunteering programs to nominate staff for The Centre for Volunteering’s Corporate Volunteer of the Year Awards.
The Awards are sponsored by the NSW Government and are also supported by ClubsNSW. Nominations close on 31 October 2014.
“Corporate volunteering programs, which enable staff to take paid leave to volunteer, are growing in popularity. Work-based initiatives are helping more people to see the benefits of volunteering by connecting them with great organisations and community projects,” Stuart Ayres MP said.
Businesses are urged to nominate their volunteers for one of the following awards:
“The annual NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards recognises the valuable contribution that over two million volunteers make to communities across our state. These award categories recognise participants in corporate volunteering programs who go above and beyond the call to help their community,” Tanya Davies MP said.
The Centre for Volunteering’s Chief Executive Officer Gemma Rygate said social entrepreneurs using online and other means to get involved in volunteering were encouraged to nominate for the awards
“Businesses large and small with corporate volunteering programs have reported a more engaged workforce and strong relationships within the community as a result” Stuart Ayres said.
Tanya Davies said not-for profit organisations are also eligible to apply for a dedicated NSW Excellence in Volunteer Management Award.
“There is also a significant need for specialist staff in not-for-profit organisations to manage incoming volunteers to enable everyone benefits for the volunteering experience,” said Tanya Davies.
“Volunteer-management is a crucial part of the volunteering experience.”
“The rise of online social entrepreneurs and start-ups means volunteer management is changing. We want to recognise excellence in volunteer management – both traditional and online.”
To make a nomination go to: www.volunteering.com.au/2014-awards or call The Centre for Volunteering on 9261 3600.