MHA Care, as part of National Volunteer Week, are taking the opportunity to acknowledge, recognise and say thank you to their Meals on Wheels, Planned Activity Group, Foodshare and Yarrawonga Community Opportunity Shop volunteers.
National Volunteer week provides an opportunity to highlight the role of volunteers and the tremendous work they do to support their local community.
The theme this year is ‘Give Happy Live Happy’ which highlights the research that shows volunteers live happier and healthier lives.
“This volunteer week we say thank you to our volunteer workforce. MHA Care values our volunteers and is grateful for their ongoing dedication and commitment,” said MHA Care Acting CEO Wendy Ross.
“Our volunteers provide important and essential services and really do make a difference to the lives of people in the local community.
“We would not be able to run our programs without the support of our team of volunteers.
“Over the last twelve months our Meals on Wheels volunteers delivered 11,350 main meals to 100 clients. An outstanding achievement.”
The Yarrawonga Community Opportunity Shop has been working very hard to raise funds which go back into the community to support Foodshare, the Meals on Wheels programs and services such as Respite and Home Care.
Foodshare volunteers provide emergency relief packs and have supported farmers through the recent dairy crisis. In the last year Foodshare has provided the equivalent of 200,000 meals to local people.
Research shows volunteers live happier and healthier lives. There is so much more to volunteering than simply giving your time and skills to help others.
Volunteering is a healthy lifestyle choice, a true community builder and one of the strongest predictors of increasing health and happiness.
There are more than six million volunteers in Australia. Volunteers contribute 290 Billion dollars to the Australian economy each year.
It is easy to join the MHA Care ‘happy’ volunteer team by calling Volunteer Co-ordinator Lorraine Northeast on 5742 1111.
Flexible arrangements can be made to allow you to volunteer at times suitable to your availability or other plans. The team at MHA Care look forward to welcoming new volunteers to the team.