Celebrating National Volunteer Week on the Peninsula

Published on 18 May 2020

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This National Volunteer Week 2020 (18 – 24 May), Mornington Peninsula Shire would like to acknowledge and share a special thank you to the many dedicated volunteers in our local community.
 
Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Sam Hearn said “National Volunteer Week give us a chance to thank all Peninsula volunteers for their hard work throughout the year”.
 
“This year’s theme is ‘Changing Communities. Changing Lives’ and it couldn’t be more appropriate, given the challenging circumstances we find ourselves in.
 
“The world is experiencing much uncertainty due to the spread of COVID-19. But this crisis has revealed a bedrock of community strength and spirit.
 
“I’ve been inspired by the way Peninsula residents have rallied to help those in need, we have had over 800 people put their hand up to volunteer during this crisis”.
 
“Thank you to all our volunteers for the energy, time and love you bring to our community,” concluded Cr Hearn.
 
Mornington Peninsula Shire is very proud to celebrate our volunteers from the following services:
 
Meals on Wheels
 
Our 150 Meals on Wheels volunteers ensure the program reaches the most vulnerable members in our community. Nutritious meals are prepared by a trained team and delivered to the homes of residents by a team of dedicated and caring volunteers. These nutritious meals are provided to residents who are unable to provide for their personal dietary needs.
 
Libraries
 
There are over 88 Library volunteers on the Peninsula!
Our Library Branch volunteers play an important role in helping our Library branches operate and provide a friendly community welcome for other library visitors.
 
Our Home Library volunteers who make home visits to our vulnerable residents to help them maintain a sense of belonging, both to the wonderful worlds that our libraries open to them, as well as voice and connection to their community.
 
Tourism
 
There are currently 35 volunteers at our Visitor Information Centre in Dromana sharing their huge wealth of experience and personal interests with our visitors. Of the 35 volunteers, almost half have been with the Shire for more than 10 years and three having been with us for more than 15 years.
 
Over the past year, the volunteers have contributed 3,700 hours to providing visitor services and have helped over 16,000 visitors and community members.
 
During the Coronavirus pandemic, volunteering services are adapting to comply with current State Government health regulations, however if you would like to learn more about volunteering with the Shire and across the Mornington Peninsula visit volmornpen.com.au.

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