National Volunteering Week (May 8 to 14) was celebrated with a week of fun and festivities to recognise the tremendous efforts by thousands of volunteers who assist Foodbank Victoria (FBV) each year.
Certificates of Appreciation and Length of Service were presented to our dedicated army of 71 regular volunteers who, along with more than 2,200 individual corporate, community and school volunteers, are the lifeblood of our organisation.
Our wonderful volunteers undertake a variety of roles to help the 134,000 Victorians who rely on food assistance each month. Whether that role is as a driver or in office administration, picking and packing food orders, assisting agencies to collect those orders, helping out at our Farms to Families pop-up markets and awareness-raising events or supporting the School Breakfast Clubs Program; the work of volunteers is crucial.
As part of the week of fun, many of our more daring volunteers and staff prompted hearty chuckles from their colleagues by dressing up in garb to match a different theme assigned to each day. ‘Dashing in Denim’ proved to be the most popular theme with loads of embarrassing items of vintage denim coming out of mothballs for the day.
Celebrations culminated on Friday with a visit to the warehouse by Sue Noble, CEO of Volunteering Victoria.
“The Foodbank volunteering program is quite legendary and the poster child for volunteering in the state.” Ms. Noble said.
In November last year, FBV was awarded Volunteering Victoria’s state Impact Award for the work of our volunteers in helping disadvantaged Victorians.
Latest figures show that 2,278 volunteers contributed more than 24,150 hours of their time to help distribute 10.4 million kg of food to hungry Victorians. If we had to put a dollar amount on their time, devotion and care given freely by our volunteers, this equates to over $6500,000 – a heartfelt and generous donation indeed!