Thank You Volunteers

Next week we have a real and meaningful reason to celebrate. It is Volunteers’ Week and for us at McAuley Community Services for Women, the week allows us to take time out to reflect on what our volunteers do and mean to us.

We have around 40 volunteers working with us in a range of ways. In our 24/7 accessible safe house, we have playroom helpers and others who come regularly to help our busy staff out.

At McAuley House, we have many different groups and individuals who come to make over the garden, help in the kitchen and around the house whenever we need it.

We have an academic researcher and data expert overseeing our evaluations and working on our Royal Commission into Family Violence submission.

We have the enthusiastic and extraordinary 24/7 Committee and Fed Up Lunch group working to raise funds for our work and awareness of family violence in the community.

Our Board members are all volunteers, giving their time and skills to ensure that our specialist, vital work reaches the right people at the right time and in the right way.

This year, too, we have volunteers who have put up their hands to host high teas in their workplaces or in their own homes. Every thing counts as we work towards ending family violence and homelessness.

Next week we will feature a different volunteer each day, a small contribution of our thanks to you all.

There is no doubt in my mind that we simply could not achieve what we do without the power of our volunteers. Last year, Our Community estimated the hourly contribution of volunteers to be $31.50. My rough estimation of what the volunteer contribution is to McAuley Community Services for Women is in excess of $64,000 annually

On behalf of all the staff and the Sisters of Mercy, we say THANK YOU.