Unsung heroes celebrated during National Volunteer Week

20 May 2019

From 20 – 26 May, the spotlight is on the everyday people who generally try to avoid the spotlight, as Australia celebrates National Volunteer Week. 

The week is a time to celebrate the unsung heroes protecting communities across the state.  

There are more than 100,000 volunteers who assist in delivering emergency management services in Victoria alone. These volunteers are fundamental to Victoria’s ability to plan, prepare for, respond to and recover from a range of emergencies.

“We have a wonderful culture in both Australia and Victoria of 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 will never be underestimated.”

The Victorian Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) and the Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants Program (ESVS) are two key supporters of volunteerism in Victoria, providing support to emergency management volunteers through grants programs and other funding.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of National Volunteer Week, with events happening across the sector in Victoria.

For more information, visit the Volunteering Australia website.