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Thank a volunteer today: 2016 National Volunteers’ Week now on

Media Release

It’s National Volunteers Week, so make you sure you thank them for all their great work. Volunteers commit valuable time to help make communities stronger and safer.

Volunteers commit valuable time to help make communities stronger and safer.

To mark the beginning of National Volunteers Week, Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott thanked more than 80,000 volunteers who provide emergency services across NSW.ses_volunteer

“Every day you will find emergency services working together to keep our communities safe – whether it’s at fires, floods, storms or motor vehicle accidents. And in many cases, those emergency service personnel are volunteers who are giving up their time,” Mr Elliott said.

“These volunteers don’t do it for praise or accolades, but simply for their local community. Every day, but especially during this National Volunteer Week, we should be incredibly proud of the role of volunteers play, and recognise their invaluable contribution.”

Volunteers commit valuable time to help make communities stronger and safer.

To mark the beginning of National Volunteers Week, Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott thanked more than 80,000

volunteers who provide emergency services across NSW.

“Every day you will find emergency services working together to keep our communities safe – whether it’s at fires, floods, storms or motor vehicle accidents. And in many cases, those emergency service personnel are volunteers who are giving up their time,” Mr Elliott said.

“These volunteers don’t do it for praise or accolades, but simply for their local community. Every day, but especially during this National Volunteer Week, we should be incredibly proud of the role of volunteers play, and recognise their invaluable contribution.”

Volunteer yourself

National Volunteers Week is also a great time to volunteer and Mr Elliot encouraged people to help out the emergency services.

“There are a range of roles available in all of the services, whether it’s on the frontline or those important behind the scenes roles, ranging from communications and logistics to catering and support. Every single one of these roles is important and valued.”

It’s also been found that volunteering can make you feel happier!

Wednesday 11 May also marks ‘Wear Orange Wednesday’, a day of support for State Emergency Service volunteers.