Hi friends and family of
Dunedin Marine Search and Rescue (MarineSAR)
Guess what … it’s National Volunteer Week from 18-24 June. Without our amazing volunteers, Dunedin MarineSAR would not be able to provide critical search and rescue services in the marine environment so … it’s time to celebrate you!
We’ve started our search for our Volunteer of the Year 2017. Nominations are now open via our website and the winner will be announced at our AGM on Thursday 3rd August.
We're always on the lookout for new volunteers so if you want to become a Dunedin MarineSAR volunteer then check out our great volunteering opportunities:
In the true spirit of volunteering “YOU work because you have to…
…YOU volunteer cause you WANT to”
Volunteering NZ has released a great few words of wisdom below that tells you about the value of volunteering and we think it’s worth a wee read.
Volunteering is good for you, your community and for the social development of the country because it helps build the "social fabric" that keeps us connected and engaged in our world. We all have skills that can help others. This year’s theme is “Live, laugh, share -- Volunteer” or “Kia ringa hora: Me mahi tūao.”
This positive message is about celebrating what volunteers bring to their communities. It is important to recognise volunteering and the place it has in keeping our communities strong and healthy.
The benefits of being a volunteer are well-documented.
There’s better health and the ‘feel good’ endorphins that volunteering releases; around how volunteering can help with job prospects; and other health benefits such as extending longevity and reducing depression in many people. As poet and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson observed,
“It is one of the beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely help another without helping himself.”
National Volunteer Week is a great opportunity to start volunteering or, if you already volunteer, it’s a great time to invite a friend to join you. The positive message for the Week celebrates the joy that volunteers bring to their communities. It also reminds us that volunteers reap the reward of a happier, more engaged life because they feel connected to their community. For more information, visit: www.nationalvolunteerweek.nz