It’s National Volunteer Week so we’d like to say a big thank you to the huge number of Wellingtonians who give their time to help make Wellington the vibrant, active, caring, successful city that it is.
Among other things, you assist us to:
- make visitors feel welcome during big events
- plant and care for native trees that are in turn feeding growing numbers of native birds
- make sure our neighbourhoods are better prepared for emergencies
- develop new mountain biking and walking tracks
- help people who need it.
Your efforts - and those of the quiet army of people who assist schools, hospitals, rest homes, community organisations and a myriad other ventures - make Wellington city a great place to live, which is why we’re particularly keen to get more people involved.
To help, Council staff are working more closely with Volunteering New Zealand and Volunteer Wellington, and have also joined forces with companies and organisations that are enthusiastic about the power of volunteering, including Deloitte, Enspiral and chalkle°.
Council Policy Manager Andrew Stitt says more and more businesses are keen to put something back by helping out in the community and while many already are, others don’t know where to start or what to do.
One of the solutions proposed in Our Volunteer Capital, a new joint action plan, is the development of a better online database that can quickly and effectively match the skills and interests of potential volunteers with volunteering opportunities.
“People have increasingly busy lives so we want to be part of finding a smart, digital solution that will make it easier for people to volunteer in diverse ways and at different times,” he says.
“For instance, what community organisations often need is more business expertise, including accounting, project planning, marketing, website and legal advice,” he says. “We want to play a part in connecting community groups with the tremendous talent that Wellington businesses offer.”
If you want to find out more or have other ideas about how we can collectively harness and celebrate people power, phone (04) 499 4444 or visit:
Projects - Our Volunteer Capital
You can also nominate not-for-profit community groups that have been doing great things for this year’s Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards, which we support. Nominations close on Friday 28 June and can be made online at:
Community Awards - Wellington International Airport
Wellington social enterprise chalkle° is one of the organisations working with us to expand volunteering in the Capital.
Silvia Zuur, chalkle° co-founder and CEO, has donated her time to support an impressive number of social and environmental initiatives in Wellington, as well as west Africa, India and Europe.
Chalkle° is an online platform for transforming skilled citizens into teachers. As a social enterprise, it uses business strategies to tackle social issues - in this case the improvement of education and empowering citizens within communities.
“Our goal with chalkle° is to help up-skill our city by tapping into existing resources and creating a dynamic learning environment. We’ve discovered there are many talented people willing to share their expertise - which is great for individual students and the city as a whole.”
Silvia recently received an Absolutely Postively Wellington award, and in July will spearhead Social Enterprise Week - which aims to promote the social enterprise model and develop skills for creating socially conscious business in Wellington.