Spring News – Group Volunteering, Annual Report & Volunteer Manager Awards

Kia Ora!

Spring has sprung in Dunedin, awakening a buzz of new energy and activity! Much is happening and there are plenty of opportunities to connect with others in the community.

We have quite a few groups of volunteers registered with us who are keen to help local organisations with projects and events!  If your organisation could benefit from a volunteer group to help with an upcoming event or project, please register your activity online and we will do our best to connect you with a suitable group of volunteers. Group sizes range from 4 – 40+ and everything in between so no activity is too big or too small.

Click here to register your group volunteering activities online.

On September 17, Volunteering Otago held its 28th AGM.  You can find a copy of our Annual Report on our website, which gives a picture of our financial year from April 1 2013 to March 31 2014.  Gary Johnson was nominated to continue as Board Chair and Sally Russell will continue as our Board Treasurer, each for an additional two year term.  Other board members are David Horne, Lisa Oseki, Trina McLachlan, Megan Wilson and our Volunteer Staff representative will be confirmed at our next staff meeting.  With sadness we farewelled Jinty MacTavish who has stepped down after four years of dedicated service to Volunteering Otago.  Thank you Jinty for your time, skills, support and valued contribution as a board member. You will be missed!

Click here to view our Annual Report for 2014.

October 6 is the closing date for 2014 AAMoV Volunteer Manager Awards of Excellence nominations. Do you know someone who does a great job of managing volunteers? Why not nominate them for this award?

We have two worthwhile community trainings coming up – Advocacy with Ruth Chapman on October 22 and Best Practice Guidelines for Volunteer Involving Organisations on October 31. Register soon as places for each workshop a limited. Here is some more information:

Advocacy Training Flyer

2014 Best Practice Workshop Dunedin Invite

And finally, International Volunteer Managers Day is coming up on November 5th.  This year’s theme is “Ki te kahore he whakakitenga kia ngaro te iwi” which we translate to:Without foresight or vision, the people will be lost.” Resources to help your organisation to celebrate this day are available from the Volunteering New Zealand website.  Volunteering Otago will be celebrating with a shared lunch with local Volunteer Managers.  Keep an eye out for more information soon!

Make the most of the spring weather!!  Click here to search online for great some volunteer activities to help make the most of the longer daylight hours.

Ka kite ano,


Anna Clere

Email: volunteerotago@gmail.com

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