How Disney Gave A Magic Touch To Volunteering

When Disney started thinking about more innovative ways of distributing theme park tickets to not for profits and schools, Disney engaged Points of Light to help them redevelop their program to give it more social meaning. Points of Light designed a new program where schools and not for profits develop…

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Fitness Australia opens nominations for 2020 Industry Awards

Fitness Australia’s 2020 Australian Fitness Awards are now open for nominations. The awards will recognise club managers, fitness educators, community activation initiatives, and community volunteers. Community Awards include: Community Exercise Program or Event Award Community Activation Award Community Volunteer Award To find out more visit https://www.ausleisure.com.au/news/fitness-australia-opens-nominations-for-2020-industry-awards/

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Australian open-heart surgery volunteers in Tonga

Open Heart International (OHI) sent a team of 35 medical professionals to perform open-heart surgery on locals with rheumatic heart disease in Tonga. The team recognise the importance of their volunteer work and hope to return every year. Pediatrician Dr Toakase Fakavikaetau said that the average cost of bringing volunteer…

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Understanding models for spontaneous volunteering

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience published Australia’s first national handbook on planning for spontaneous volunteers. The report ‘Communities Responding to Disasters: Planning for Spontaneous Volunteers’ provides responses to disasters that can be used by planners to understand ‘the links to affected communities and motivations for actions that can lead…

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Why we need flexible volunteering arrangements (Audio)

Kia Handley speaks to Blythe McLennan, Bushfire and Hazards Cooperative Research Centre and RMIT, about creative approaches to volunteering arrangements and the need for more flexible options that could mean shorter stints and flexible hours to suit the volunteer’s lifestyle. Listen to the audio here https://www.abc.net.au/radio/newcastle/programs/mornings/volunteering/11456384

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Victoria ALIVE launches its social media campaign on inclusive volunteering

Victoria Alive launches their #WeAreAble campaign to raise awareness and to engage Victorians on the benefits of inclusive volunteering for people of all abilities. Read the full article here  https://probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2019/09/sponsoredcontent-victoria-alive-launches-its-social-media-campaign-on-inclusive-volunteering/ Watch the YouTube campaign video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZikQRV2SVc#action=share 

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The State of Volunteering Report 2019 – Tasmania

The findings of Volunteering Tasmania’s five-year study on volunteering has been released. Lisa Schimanski, Chief Executive, revealed that about ‘297,000 Tasmanians dedicated more than 68 million hours of their time each year’. Report findings include community service and supporting a cause as the main motivators and barriers include limited time…

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Welcome2Sydney Ambassador, Blue Mountains and Parramatta

Are you passionate about assisting migrants and refugees to settle and feel welcome in Australia, and enjoy social and recreational activities? Welcome2Sydney project aims to encourage inclusiveness and strengthen a sense of belonging by engaging ambassadors (residents) to engage in community activities to welcome refugees and new migrants in the…

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