With 16,000 volunteers across the region who are changing communities and lives everyday, the Mid Coast has much to celebrate this National Volunteers Week (May 18 to 24).
"MidCoast Council is thanking its 2,000 volunteers this week, although unfortunately the need for social distancing means our usual celebrations can't be held this year," mayor David West said.
While normally the mayor and council managers would attend celebration events to thank volunteers in person, a video has been produced to convey the mayor's thanks to each volunteer across the region, and is available online.
"There are many opportunities for volunteers across MidCoast Council - from beautifying parks and reserves, to providing valuable support in libraries, art gallery and the entertainment centre, along with many other roles in community services, tourism, reference groups, heritage and graffiti removal."
Whether volunteers have a passion for the performing or visual arts, a knack for gardening, a love of their local area to share with visitors or are simply able to offer companionship and assistance to older residents or people living with disability, there's a role for everyone at MidCoast Council.
While many services are on hold at the moment during the COVID-19 restrictions, now's the perfect time to consider which service you'd like to volunteer with to help change your community, and change lives.
"Volunteers enhance the services we deliver in many ways - they make things better, add a human touch, bring new skills and talents and in some cases, provide a service that simply wouldn't exist without them," Cr West said.
Volunteers make things better, add a human touch, bring new skills and talents and in some cases, provide a service that simply wouldn't exist without them.Mayor David West
"The generosity of spirit, the sense of community and the willingness of MidCoast locals to roll up their sleeves and donate their skills, time and effort to help others or 'make things better' sets us apart from other communities. It says a lot about the kind of community we are here."
To celebrate our volunteers, view the mayor's message, and take a peek at other videos featuring some of our local unsung heroes, visit midcoast.nsw.gov.au/volunteer and find out more about volunteering with council.
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