National week shines spotlight on Australia’s student volunteers

Media Release

12 August 2019

Today marks the beginning of National Student Volunteer Week 2019, which runs from 12 – 18 August.

This year with the theme ‘challenge yourself, be the change, celebrate each other’ the week will promote, support and recognise student volunteering across Australia.
National Student Volunteer Week (NSVW) celebrates students who volunteer, and challenges more young people to experience the personal and professional benefits of getting involved in their communities through volunteering.

National Student Volunteer Week is an annual celebration to acknowledge the substantial contribution of time, energy and skill made by student volunteers.

Events will be hosted by universities and schools nation-wide including volunteer expos, workshops, and panels, networking sessions, fundraising drives, thank you events and volunteer projects that help local non-profits.

Volunteering Tasmania CEO, Lisa Schimanski, said engaging young people in meaningful volunteer work is a key priority for the volunteering sector at a national and local level.

“Providing students with opportunities to make a positive impact through volunteering enhances their student experience, it helps them with their personal and professional development and their career-aspirations.”

“Strengths that students bring to their volunteering include their diversity, creativity, enthusiasm, understanding of technology and their new, innovative ideas, which benefits nonprofits and in turn whole communities,” Dr Schimanski said.

Volunteering Tasmania and its Member organisations are working collaboratively to increase opportunities for local and international students to volunteer, many are only too willing to provide opportunities for young people.

Volunteering Tasmania encourages those students who haven’t experienced volunteering yet, to find out more, and get involved.

“Students who are given the opportunity to meaningfully and significantly engage in the community not only reap the many personal rewards of volunteering, they also build the capacity of our sector and contribute significantly to the economy “says Dr Schimanski.

Student volunteers themselves understand the many benefits of volunteering.

Ornella Dandolo a University of Tasmania Business student and active volunteer says,
“The best thing about volunteering is getting involved in the community, connecting to new networks and it is a really good way of meeting new people.”

Volunteering Tasmania will be involved a range of events during National Student Volunteer Week to promote volunteering and engage with students, including;

  • UTAS Volunteering Expo University of Tasmania at Sandy Bay campus Tuesday 13th of August 12 -2pm
  • UTAS Volunteering Expo University of Tasmania at Cradle Coast campus Tuesday 13th of August 12 -2pm
  • Volunteering Tasmania Pop-Up referral desk TasTafe Hobart campus Wednesday 14th of August 12 – 2pm
  • Introduction to Volunteering presentations at high schools across the state.

Contact Volunteering Tasmania for a list of member organisations offering volunteering opportunities to students and young people. Free call 1800 677 895 or email admin@volunteeringtas.org.au

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Veney Hiller, Volunteering Tasmania Deputy CEO, 0415 236 934
E: veneyh@volunteeringtas.org.au

2019-08-11T15:08:42+00:00