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Council thanks volunteers for making a difference

International Volunteer Day on December 5 is a time to recognise the great contribution our volunteers make to the community.

The council wishes to thank the 340 dedicated volunteers who give their time to a variety of council events and activities.

The 340 volunteers are spread across 14 business units, with our cultural precinct, events and emergency relief holding the largest number of participants.

Council's Volunteer Co-ordinator Tarryn Firman said over a six-month period Wodonga Council volunteers had given an outstanding 2,874.25 hours of service to our community.

"Giving back to your community through volunteerism doesn’t mean you have to give hours of your time, within a specific organisation, sporting group or non-for-profit," she said.

"Volunteering is time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain.

"Helping out at your children’s fete, baking some cookies and delivering them to your elderly neighbour, or even picking up rubbish on your daily walk is a great way to add value to your community, create positive change, build a sustainable future and ensure no one gets left behind."

Looking at the big picture - more than one billion individuals give their time across the UN nations, as stated in the 2018 State of the World volunteerism report, this reflects that global volunteering efforts (both informal and formal volunteering) equates to 109 million full-time equivalent workers.

If this reflected the workforce in a country “Volunteeria”, this would be the fifth largest in the world – roughly equivalent to the workforce in Indonesia.

Zoom in closer to home, Australia is ranked sixth in the top 20 countries for their volunteering participation and fourth for our overall giving efforts, which includes helping a stranger, giving financially and volunteering time within the community.

Locally, about 20 per cent of Wodonga’s population volunteer.

If you are interested in finding out more about local volunteering opportunities please contact Wodonga Council or the Volunteering Resource Bureau.

Among council's longest serving volunteers are Val and Greg McKenzie who believe putting a smile on another person's face is the best reward for their time and dedication to volunteering.

The couple have racked up 13 continuous years of volunteer work with Wodonga Council and don't plan to stop any time soon.

Twice a month Val visits residents at Westmont Aged Care, while Greg visits men residing at Estia Health Wodonga.

When the retirees are not making visits to nursing homes, they are giving their time to Wodonga Council events such as Australia Day activities and Children's Fair.

Another couple to clock up 13 years of volunteering with Wodonga Council is Trudi and Gary Anglin.

The couple first started out volunteering at the former council event, Carnivale but both agree that Australia Day is their favourite event.

Council also wishes to thank Carolyn Naldrett, Leanne Jenvey, Carol Keep, Shirley Stafford and Thomas Rilen who have all notched up 10 years of volunteering with council.

The Charity Aid Foundation World Giving Index 2018 annual report shows Australia is ranked sixth in the top 20 countries for their volunteering participation and fourth for our overall giving efforts, which includes helping a stranger, giving financially and volunteering time within the community. See the table below