Volunteering: think about the benefits

Volunteer of the year: Barbara Pym. Photo: File.

Volunteer of the year: Barbara Pym. Photo: File.

Over the next four weeks, The Standard will be highlighting local volunteers and community organisations.

Volunteers contribute immensely to our communities, whether by fundraising for a hospital, cooking sausages at a fair or creating a wig library for cancer victims.

Unfortunately, organisations are closing their doors as the hunt for volunteers becomes harder and older philanthropists are not replaced.

The situation is becoming dire in some regions, especially as the younger generation proclaims itself to be “time poor”.

According to the Office for Volunteers, South Australians spend about 1.76 million hours per week volunteering with mainly sport and physical recreation groups, then welfare and community, religious and educational groups.

The most common reasons for volunteering were to help others, to give something back and for personal satisfaction.

If you are not yet a volunteer, think about becoming one.