LinC National News

Happy National Volunteer Week

We celebrate and acknowledge the generous contribution of our LinC volunteers across Australia. WE THANK YOU! WE CELEBRATE YOU!

LinC National thanks all LinC volunteers for their wonderful commitment to this life changing ministry in their LinC Affiliate communities. THANK YOU for providing support and creating a positive impact in the lives of local neighbours.

YOU ARE FABULOUS! It is your faithfulness and dedication that make the LinC ministry possible. YOU ARE making a world of difference in people’s lives and their communities!

National Volunteer Week (NVW) is Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteers. From Monday 17th to Sunday 23rd May 2021, NVW will celebrate the significant contribution of all our LinC Affiliate and national volunteers around Australia.

The theme for NVW 2021 is RECOGNISE. RECONNECT. REIMAGINE.

RECOGNISE

We celebrate and thank LinC volunteers for their vital role in transforming local people’s lives and the communities.
Never has this been more evident than after a year where Australia has dealt with drought, devastating bushfires, floods and then the global pandemic. Amidst the pandemic, while many of us stayed home, volunteers continued to deliver essential services, organise food packages and offer care, comfort and more to support the well-being of Australians. Volunteers make our communities stronger, especially during times of need, crisis, social isolation and the other pandemic, loneliness.

RECONNECT

RECONNECT to what is important by giving time to help others and ourselves through being a LinC volunteer.
In a year when many of us have experienced increased loneliness or isolation, mental health or financial stress, volunteering can help. Evidence shows that volunteering connects us to others in our local communities, to better mental well-being or to potential pathways to employment. When we help others in our community or give our time to a cause we value, we also give back to ourselves. Explore volunteer opportunities through our new NeighbourLinC project

REIMAGINE

REIMAGINE how to better support volunteers and communities sustainably through LinC.
Since 2014, Australia has seen a 20 per cent decline in the number of hours volunteers give. During COVID-19, two-thirds of volunteers stopped working and a recent study highlights that social purpose organisations continue to lose one in four volunteers due to illness or caring responsibilities. In the current changing environment, where Australians are time-poor and experiencing higher degrees of uncertainty and stress, we need to reimagine how we do things. We need to collaborate more and adapt our volunteering practices and programs so we can better support and engage volunteers to continue the necessary work that they do. Let’s transform lives and communities together!

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