Volunteers — they are the heart of our community.
And their hard work, dedication and commitment doesn’t go unnoticed.
As part of National Volunteer Week, Mitchell Shire Council is hosting a volunteer thank you night to show appreciation to the thousands of selfless people who give up their time to better their community.
The event, held in Seymour, will be a chance to recognise and celebrate the significant contributions of local volunteers who come from wide-ranging organisations and groups such as emergency services, sporting clubs, health services and animal welfare groups.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said without volunteers, many local community groups simply wouldn’t survive.
‘‘Volunteers play such a vital role in our community and the harsh reality is that without them, things like your local football or netball club, meals on wheels services and the Visitor Information Centre wouldn’t exist,’’ Cr Sanderson said.
‘‘Council acknowledges and really appreciates the vital role our volunteers play in building strong, inclusive and resilient communities.
‘‘Our wonderful volunteers achieve so much each and every day and it does not go unnoticed.
‘‘We would encourage any volunteers to attend the thank you nights and catch up and network with some other like-minded residents.’’
Council is committed to supporting the development of volunteering across the Shire, including operating a free volunteer website www.volunteeringmitchell.com.au
The online platform is a one-stop-shop for volunteering and allows community members and organisations to find and advertise volunteer roles.
Council also has a Volunteer Advisory Committee, which aims to provide advice and feedback to ensure volunteering is encouraged, supported and recognised in Mitchell Shire.
The free thank you event will be held at the Salvation Army Hall (Victoria St) in Seymour on Tuesday, May 22 from 6pm to 8.30pm.
Finger food and refreshments will be supplied.
RSVPs (including dietary requirements) are open until Sunday, May 20 and can be made via the Eventbrite link on council’s website.
For information or help registering your interest in attending, phone 5734 6200 or email [email protected]