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Volunteer South named business awards finalist

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 12 Nov, 2020 | By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Volunteer South (formally Volunteering Otago and Volunteering Central) has been selected as one of three finalists in the Westpac Otago Business Awards in the excellence in not-for-profit category.

Working with over 400 organisations across the Otago region, the teams in Dunedin, Waitaki, Central Lakes and Invercargill aim to increase community participation in the non-profit sector by connecting people to volunteering opportunities that best suit their skills, interests and motivations. They offer workshops and one-to-one support to organisations that involve volunteers to ensure that everyone, regardless of their background, skills or circumstance can volunteer if they wish to.

Volunteer South was heavily involved with the welfare response during lockdown in Wānaka and the Queenstown Lakes area, working with local Civil Defence teams and councils to coordinate hundreds of volunteers.

Whilst continuing to work in recovery, the organisation is also looking ahead to plans to develop group/employee volunteering programmes, a migration volunteering programme and a partnership with the Department of Corrections.

“Research consistently shows that communities with higher levels of volunteering are safer, happier and more connected… Everything our team works towards supports this notion of stronger, more connected communities through volunteering,” said Volunteer South Board Chair Andrew Wiley.

Central Lakes Manager Gillian White said the team was “humbled” by the nomination and looking forward to chatting with other “worthy nominees,” including Alexandra's Central Cinema and Dunedin's Otago Museum, at the awards ceremony in Dunedin this Friday, November 13.




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