We have officially launched our CIP event and the highlights from our panel event held at Ora HQ will form the basis of our first blog posts.
Caroline Wearn, from our partner organisation Volunteering Auckland started us off with setting the scene of volunteering in NZ and in Auckland. The number of volunteers is increasing, but volunteering hours are decreasing. If you want to learn more about the state of volunteering in NZ with insight into how non profit organisations use volunteers, check out the state of volunteering report 2015 from Volunteering NZ (http://www.volunteeringnz.org.nz/state-volunteering/).
At our panel night, we found out about all the wonderful work that Volunteering Auckland does matching over 200 community groups with volunteers and the wonderful bespoke service they can offer to young professionals looking to volunteer their skills, no matter what time constraints they have.
You can check out some of those opportunities here – https://volunteeringauckland.org.nz/individuals/opportunities
You can search for things available in your field and also those outside of working hours. We will be featuring each month a different skills based volunteering opportunity you might want to get involved in, so check it out on social media and the website.
Volunteering Auckland also does wonderful work with businesses and organisations offering corporate social responsibility (CSR) opportunities for staff. We will be talking more about that in the next blog, with advice from Clark Todd Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Sovereign.
A little about Caroline…
Employee Volunteering Programme Coordinator, Volunteering Auckland
She has a legal background and worked as a solicitor in commercial law firms in the UK for 10 years before moving to NZ in 2001. She also has a Graduate Diploma in Not-for-Profit Management. She is involved in supporting companies to carry out their CSR initiatives to benefit the community.