It is estimated that around 3 in 10 Australians aged 15 and over have participated in voluntary work, contributing around 750 million hours and the equivalent of at least $17 billion worth of work each year in not-for-profit organisations. Volunteers provide substantial benefit to their communities and society more broadly. At the same time, volunteering also broadens the networks and professional skills of the volunteers themselves. Volunteering contributes to the economic and health status of the nation and to volunteers by providing a personal sense of satisfaction and wellbeing.
What is the state of volunteering Australia? Who are Australia’s volunteers and what activities are they involved in? And why don’t more people volunteer? This book explores the benefits of volunteerism, and provides advice aimed at young people on how to get involved in volunteering in Australia and abroad. Volunteering goes beyond simple acts of kindness; it is the thread that binds communities and makes them strong.