Media Release by The Hon Luke Howarth MP

International Volunteer Day 2020

Today marks International Volunteer Day, an annual United Nations event held to celebrate the essential work of volunteers and recognise the significant contribution they make to the lives of Australians.

Assistant Minister for Community Housing, Homelessness and Community Services, Luke Howarth, said he was pleased to personally thank some of the volunteers who dedicated their time to Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism at an event today.

This year’s theme, ‘together we can through volunteering’, highlights the tough year Australians have experienced.

“Volunteers have played a critical role in this difficult year assisting Australians affected by bushfires, floods and a pandemic, and the incredible support they’ve given has been instrumental in the nation’s ability to keep moving forward.

“This week I was pleased to announce $2.7 million in funding for community organisations to support the work of Australia’s volunteers. These grants provide a funding boost to volunteer organisations so they can buy equipment for volunteers or reimburse the costs of fuel, transport or training,” Assistant Minister Howarth said.

Assistant Minister Howarth today spent time with some of the volunteers in the South East Queensland volunteer community. He paid tribute to the hard work of volunteers, their dedication, and the contribution they make to the fabric of Australian society.

“International Volunteer Day is an opportunity to really get behind our local and national volunteers and show our thanks for the exceptional dedication they make to our country.

“Volunteering is part of the Australian way of life. It’s lending a hand, and helping a mate. It is all about making significant contributions to the local community. It has many social and economic benefits, like increased confidence, reduced marginalisation, and skill development.”

More than 8.7 million volunteers across the country give their time freely to support their communities, representing an economic contribution of around $290 billion each year.

For more information about how you can be involved in volunteering, visit the Volunteering Australia website.