National Volunteer Week (NVW) is Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteers. From Monday 17th to Sunday 23rd May 2021, we’re celebrating the significant contribution of Australia’s almost six million volunteers. Each year these volunteers dedicate over 600 million hours to help others. Miracle Babies Foundation would not be able to do the important work that we do without our volunteers; they are the backbone of our organisation.
The theme for NVW 2021 is Recognise. Reconnect. Reimagine. which acknowledges that it is time to:
- RECOGNISE, celebrate and thank volunteers for the vital role they play in Miracle Babies lives.
Never has this been more evident than after a year where Australia has dealt with drought, devastating bushfires, floods and then a global pandemic. Amidst the pandemic, while many of us stayed home, volunteers continued to provide services to the Miracle Babies Foundation. Volunteers make our communities stronger, especially during times of need, crisis or isolation.
- RECONNECT to what is important by giving our time to help others and ourselves.
In a year when many of us have experienced increased loneliness or isolation, mental health or financial stress, volunteering can help. Evidence shows that volunteering connects us to others in our local communities, to better mental well-being or to potential pathways to employment. When we help others in our community or give our time to a cause we value, we also give back to ourselves. Explore volunteer opportunities by visiting miraclebabies.org.au
- REIMAGINE how we better support volunteers and communities they help.
Since 2014, Australia has seen a 20 per cent decline in the number of hours volunteers give. During COVID-19, two-thirds of volunteers stopped working and a recent study highlights that social purpose organisations continue to lose one in four volunteers due to illness or caring responsibilities. In the current changing environment, where Australians are time-poor and experiencing higher degrees of uncertainty and stress, we need to reimagine how we do things. We need to collaborate more and adapt our volunteering practices and programs so we can better support and engage volunteers to continue the necessary work that they do.
Miracle Babies volunteers come from all walks of life, yet they share one common goal; a passion for improving the lives of premature and sick newborns, and their families.
Our volunteers are the lifeblood of the organisation. Thank you to our wonderful volunteers who attend our head office weekly, taking time out of their personal lives to ensure that we always have resources available for our families and hospitals, and who also help out with coordinating events for Miracle Babies. We couldn't do it without you!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank and recognise you, and share our appreciation for your continued support.
CLICK HERE IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING FOR MIRACLE BABIES FOUNDATION