Council applauds volunteers for making a difference
National Volunteer Week (May 9-15) is a time to recognise and support the valued contribution our volunteers make to the Sunshine Coast region.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said council’s adopted Social Strategy set a target of increasing the contribution of community members volunteering within our region from one in five to one in four.
“To assist in achieving this target, council provided free professional development and networking opportunities for the region’s dedicated volunteers at the Sunshine Coast Volunteer Expo on May 11,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“The Expo also provides volunteer organisations and individuals an opportunity to connect and network and those interested in volunteering to find out the benefits.”
Maree Anderson is one volunteer who is making a difference and reaping the rewards volunteering at Beerwah Library.
Maree said she retired from full time work in 2013 and feels honoured to serve the community by being a friend of the Beerwah Library.
“Our library is the hub of the community as it is a centre for learning, a meeting place, a fun outing for children, a place where you can sit and relax, read a paper or magazine and take in an ever changing environment,” she said.
“Volunteering opens up many new opportunities to be involved in the community and maintain an active lifestyle.
“I was new to Beerwah when I retired and became a friend of Beerwah Library and found this a great way to meet new people and build connections in the community.”
To find out about volunteer opportunities visit council’s website www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.