National Volunteer Week celebrates the collective contribution of the 1.2 million volunteers who enrich Aotearoa New Zealand.
National Volunteer Week 2019 runs from June 16-22. This year’s theme is “Whiria te tangata – weaving the people together”. Volunteering, Mahi Aroha and social action weave people and communities together.
Volunteering is a powerful movement. When we volunteer our time we send a message about what is important in our communities. This National Volunteer Week we celebrate the diversity of volunteers and volunteering, Mahi Aroha and social action in Aotearoa.
We celebrate everyone who creates connections in their own communities from the Marae to the Mosque, from our biggest cities to our most remote communities. We celebrate everyone who volunteers in times of crisis, in times of healing and everyone who makes time and space to walk alongside others.
Now more than ever, as a volunteering community we commit to manaakitanga and whakawhanaungatanga. We commit to caring, and to building meaningful, enduring and inclusive relationships across our differences, and to make space for diverse voices.
We can create a diverse, inclusive, caring, kind and connected future. Join us this National Volunteer Week to stand together in our differences and choose to connect.
Rotorua Library is very fortunate to have a support fundraising group, The Friends of the Rotorua Library who work tirelessly to provide extra resources to enhance library services to the community. Over the years, they have donated thousands of dollars for mobile bus services, school holiday prizes, audio and visual equipment as well as furniture.
The Friends of the Rotorua Library hold book sales at the Kuirau Park at the Saturday morning markets so pop along and get yourself a bargain. They are always looking for helpers too. Find out more here.
Volunteer Drivers deliver books on a regular basis for our Housebound Service. These drivers give up their time (and petrol) to go out, drop-off and pick-up books to those who are not able to visit the library, usually for medical reasons. This library service has been running for many years but could not have succeeded without the support of these drivers.
Volunteer shelvers come in to help staff get all the books back in place ready for the customers to browse through. On really busy days, the back-log of books can really build up so to have volunteer shelvers is a big help.
THANK YOU to all our volunteers who support the library. Your help is very much appreciated!
If you think you would like to help out too, go HERE to register your interest.