Celebrating National Volunteer Week

16 May 2022

This week is National Volunteer Week, when we celebrate, recognise and say thank you for the vital work of volunteers in Victoria.  

The emergency management sector is celebrating those who help protect communities and deliver emergency management services across Victoria. There are more than 100,000 volunteers who help deliver emergency management services across the state and help to keep our communities safe. 

The theme for this year’s National Volunteer Week is ‘Better Together.’ It acknowledges the vital role volunteers play to deliver essential services and support the wellbeing of Australians.   

Volunteers in the emergency management sector undertake a wide range of roles, such as aviation support, emergency broadcasting services, road and marine search and rescue, preparing and delivering relief packages, and providing emotional and social support services during and after an emergency.  

Volunteers are an important part of Victoria’s ability to plan, prepare for, respond to, and recover from, a range of emergencies. They are also a key ingredient for active and resilient communities. 

“The emergency management sector is all about  lending a hand to those who need it,” Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp said.  

“Our state is built on the back of volunteers who perform tasks big and small, I’d like to thank each and every one of you for the work that you do.  

“Your contributions to this state and our communities will never be underestimated.”  

National Volunteer Week is run by Volunteering Australia and is Australia’s largest annual celebration of the almost six million volunteers in the country.  

For more information, visit the Volunteering Australia website (External link)