Federal Labor member for Barton Linda Burney wants all Australians to recognise the invaluable contribution volunteers make to communities around the nation.
Volunteering is valued at more than $200 billion to the economy, but research shows that it provides so much more, building stronger communities and fostering a sense of belonging and wellbeing.
Ms Burney thanked local volunteers in St George as part of National Volunteer Week.
"Volunteering and volunteers make a profound and invaluable contribution to communities around Australia," she said.
"While the past year has presented new challenges for volunteers and the service organisations that depend on them, we have also seen the best of the community spirit."
Ms Burney visited the Kogarah Storehouse on Wednesday, May 19, as part of National Volunteer Week.
Kogarah Storehouse provides approximately 100 emergency goods parcels to people in need each week.
"The Kogarah Storehouse has been a lifesaver for more than a thousand families over the past year during the pandemic", Ms Burney said.
"The Government needs to listen to volunteers and ensure they have the support they need to continue keeping our communities strong.
"Labor understands the value of volunteering and the broader community sector and will form a respectful partnership with charities and the non-profit sector in government."
Linda Burney has encouraged local residents to discover volunteering opportunities at https://govolunteer.com.au/
Linda Burney also encouraged them to show their appreciation for a local volunteer with a certificate of appreciation here: https://www.volunteeringaustralia.org/get-involved/nvw/online-certificate/#/
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