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Keeping Volunteers Happy

This week is National Volunteer Week so we thought it would be appropriate to have a blog post on the topic. Now in its 26th year, this special week is dedicated to celebrating volunteers and volunteerism in Australia. Over six million Australians volunteer across our country and this week provides an opportunity to highlight their role and to say thank you.

Here at Fish, we are delighted to have this guest blog from Adrienne Picone, the CEO of Volunteering Tasmania:

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Message from a Happy Volunteer

Volunteer message 3In light of National Volunteer Week that came to a close yesterday, I’d like to share a message with you from a lovely young woman I met last month when I traveled to Bali. Although the time we spent together wasn’t all that long, with the commonalities in both our approach to life and keen interest in making a difference in the world, I believe we formed a friendship that will last for years.

Lauren Moss is a kind-hearted, twenty-something, big-dreaming gal who has had vast experience in the world of volunteering both in paid roles in volunteer management and as a volunteer herself. In this post, Lauren shares with us her advice on keeping your volunteers happy:

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Thank You Thursday: Hearts and Smiles in Bali

Arriving at the Jodie O’Shea Orphanage last month wasn’t the easiest of tasks, even my driver got a bit lost. It’s in south Denpasar, Bali, and not at all in a tourist area, so I knew I was in for an eye-opening experience.

The Jodie O’Shea Orphanage was established in August 2005 in loving memory of a young Australian woman who was a victim of the 2002 Bali bombing. It reminds us all that even out of the most tragic events, truly wonderful acts of kindness and humanity can blossom and bring light to the lives of many.

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Valuing Your Volunteers: Acknowledging and Thanking Them

Making sure your volunteers feel appreciated is one of the most important things you can do… if you want to keep them around!  After all, they freely give their time and energy and expect little in return – certainly they don’t do it for the money!  There are a number of ways that you can make your volunteers feel special. Here are some ideas below, and while most of them seem quite obvious, I’m surprised at how many non profits forget them!

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Getting the Best From Your Vollies

Last week in this blog we talked about volunteers – the good, the bad and the better!  This week I want to focus on how non-profits and volunteers can get the most from the experience – or my top tips for working with volunteers!
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The Good, the Bad and the Better of Volunteering

As anyone working in the non-profit sector knows – volunteers are often the lifeblood of the organisation.  According to Volunteering Australia there are currently 6.3 million Australians who are active volunteers and with so many non-profits in the country – 95% of whom rely to a large extent on volunteers – where would we be without them!
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Volunteers Make the World Go Round

Today, December 5th, is International Volunteer Day. A day that was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985 in recognition of the wonderful work that volunteers do around the globe to help make our world a better place.

In Australia, research showed that last year 38% of the adult population were volunteers. That’s over 6 million Australians donating their time to a local community club or cause close to their heart; a figure that has doubled since 2005.

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