NSW Corporate Volunteer Of The Year Awards Open

Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott today encouraged businesses in Baulkham Hills with employee volunteering programs to nominate staff for The Centre for  Volunteering’s Corporate Volunteer of the Year Awards.

The Awards are sponsored by the NSW Government and are also supported by ClubsNSW. Nominations close on 31 October 2014.

“Corporate volunteering programs, which enable staff to take paid leave to volunteer, are
growing in popularity. Work-based initiatives are helping more people to see the benefits of volunteering by connecting them with great organisations and community projects,” Mr Elliott said.

“Businesses large and small with corporate volunteering programs have reported a more engaged workforce and strong relationships within the community as a result.

“Here in Baulkham Hills, businesses across Norwest Business Park have taken a prominent role in facilitating volunteer training and opportunities, which have resulted in permanent, paid employment for those volunteers, and this is an outstanding opportunity for our community to celebrate the philanthropy of those businesses.

“The annual NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards recognises the valuable contribution that over two million volunteers make to communities across our state.

“These award categories recognise participants in corporate volunteering programs who go above and beyond the call to help their community,” Mr Elliott said.

Businesses are urged to nominate their volunteers for one of the following awards:

  • 2014 NSW Corporate Volunteer of the Year Award (individual award)
  • 2014 NSW Corporate Volunteer Team of the Year Award (team award)

Mr Elliott said not-for profit organisations are also eligible to apply for a dedicated NSW Excellence in Volunteer Management Award.

“There is also a significant need for specialist staff in not-for-profit organisations
to manage incoming volunteers to enable everyone benefits for the volunteering
experience,” Mr Elliott said.

“Volunteer-management is a crucial part of the volunteering experience.”

The Centre for Volunteering’s Chief Executive Officer Gemma Rygate said social
entrepreneurs using online and other means to get involved in volunteering were
encouraged to nominate for the awards.

“The rise of online social entrepreneurs and start-ups means volunteer management is
changing.  We want to recognise excellence in volunteer management – both traditional and online.”

To make a nomination go to: www.volunteering.com.au/2014-awards or call The Centre
for Volunteering on 9261 3600.