By volunteering, people help those in need, contribute to worthwhile causes, and give back to the Tasmanian community. Not only this, regional economies are strongly supported by the work volunteers do.

“I really appreciate the enormous contribution [volunteers] make in so many different areas,” Tasmania’s Governor, Kate Warner, says.

There are benefits for volunteer, too.

Volunteering can provide a sense of purpose. It can improve social connections, and is good for the mind and body. It can also improve opportunities for employment!

“If you can’t get a job that requires experience, how do you get that experience in the first place?” says Max MacDonald, who volunteers for Windeward Bound.

“Volunteering is the perfect thing to do to get that experience.”

Volunteering doesn’t necessarily have to be a long-term commitment – it can be done in small, simple ways that can still be beneficial!

Research says that volunteering only two or three hours a week (totalling around 100 hours a year) can be the most beneficial both for people and the organisations or causes they’re supporting.

There are different forms of volunteering across eight sectors: corporate; tourism (or voluntourism); education; community services; emergency services; sport and recreation; environment, heritage, and animal welfare; and the arts. Some of these sectors are obviously more important than others. For example, tourism is important because it is vital to Tasmania and its economy.

Volunteering is integral to Tasmania, which is why we all must ensure that its voice is heard and that it continues long into the future.