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Dear Valued Members, Supporters and Friends,

Welcome to the August issue of The Voice of Volunteering.


Get your nominations in for NFP, Employee and Employee Volunteer Team Awards

Nominate NFP Organisations, Employee (Corporate) Volunteers, and the Employee (Corporate) Volunteer Teams before COB, Thursday, 31 October 2013.

Nominate online, download and print a copy of the form or phone 02 9261 3600 for a hard copy.
Don't forget you can now complete your nomination in multiple sittings online.

Remember EVERY volunteer nominated is recognised at the regional ceremonies with a certificate and celebration.

Altruism unleashed

Jacinthe Brosseau and Claire Pettigrew, photo by Fiona Livy

The Centre's Youth Team took part in the University of Technology Sydney's (UTS) Perfect Match: Volunteer Speed Networking event on Friday, 9 August. The event was a cross between O’Day and speed dating.

The event was been developed to celebrate National Student Volunteer Week (4-10 August)and was a collaboration between the UTS:SOUL Award (a leadership and volunteer program, run by Shopfront, that requires students to complete 100 hours of volunteer activity across their degree), BUiLD, the Brennan Justice and Leadership Program, UTS Careers Service and The Centre for Volunteering. Read more

September Networking Event

This month's Networking Event on Tuesday 17 September will feature Dr Christopher Roffey from the University of Western Sydney, who will be discussing Corporate partnerships and how to get them.

Register NOW!

RAIN Certificate of Active Volunteering Graduation

On Thursday 9 August Mark Tippett, Manager of the School of Volunteer Management, attended the graduation for 12 volunteers from the Resourceful Australian Indian Network (RAIN) at Hurstville Seniors Centre.
The volunteers, who undertook the Certificate I in Active Volunteering, are all actively involved within the Indian Community in Sydney’s South. Among the volunteering activities they undertake, the network prepares Indian vegetarian meals regularly for the local Meals on Wheels. RAIN was formed seven years ago to provide support services for the elderly in the Indian community. The event, which coincided with RAIN’s weekly support group meeting, included a celebration of traditional Hindi singing and dancing, culminating in a delicious home-cooked lunch. The volunteers of RAIN make you feel so welcome.

Funding for the training was supported by The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Volunteer Grants program for 2012.


Evaluating charity effectiveness

The Difference

The Difference & Pro Bono Australia

The publisher of a new social conscience magazine aimed at wealthy donors says it’s time to rethink the effectiveness of some charities in Australia.

The claim comes as part of the launch of the third annual publication The Difference magazine which includes a report measuring the nation’s social health based on 11 national indicators. Read more

The Good Hood

The Good Hood is an initiative by the City of Sydney's Green Villages program to highlight the "good" things in the city.

This is a great opportunity for those organisations located within City of Sydney to highlight the "good" activities in their community as well as promoting volunteer opportunities. If your organisation is located within the City of Sydney, engages volunteers and has a focus on environmental sustainability, take this opportunity to "pin" your program or project...


Westpac Community Leaders Awards

The Westpac Community Leaders Awards are an opportunity for you to give your local hero a chance to be really recognised. The awards are dedicated to inspirational leaders who make a significant contribution to our social fabric through their service to Not for Profit organisations in Australia.
Nominate a leader in your community today and their organisation could win an award of $5,000 and $5,000 worth of Westpac Davidson Institute financial education training. The winning leaders themselves will also receive a Westpac MasterCard® Gift card to the value of $500 as a personal reward.
Nominations are open from 19 August 2013 and close on 30 September 2013. Winners will be notified by 1 November 2013.
For more information and to nominate, http://www.westpac.com.au/business-banking/community-not-for-profit/community-leaders-awards/.