Volunteers may not make the world go ‘round, but they sure do make a massive difference to our work, our workers and the community.
Let’s face it, while we are ever grateful for our funding bodies, funding only covers the bare minimum. With an increasing level of need, and more demands than ever being put on our workers, our volunteers are invaluable.
Not only do they help us get the work done, but they help our workers’ mental and physical health, and they enable us to be more effective in our work. Volunteers can create the difference between a healthy workplace and one struggling against burn out. They help us put our vision for making a real difference in the community into action.
Not only that – we LOVE having them around! The wonderful people that spend their time helping NCNS and the community are without a doubt, the kindest, friendliest, and most supportive people we know – and as an added bonus, they are so much fun to be around.
We’d like to introduce you to a few of our never-tiring volunteers that help us with Breakfast Club.
This is Beryl and Linsey. They help us make sandwiches for our Breakfast Club each week – providing breakfast and lunch for more than 300 students each week. That’s almost 600 sandwiches every week!
Emelita slices all of the cheese for the sandwiches! That’s a LOT of cheese.
Lenore is our Breakfast Club queen – helping to set up Brekky club, cooking toasties, greeting and chatting with students, and cleaning up the mess.
But wait, there’s more. These ladies not only help with Breakfast Club, many of them (plus others) are part of the NCNS Collective Communities Action Group, who create, organise and donate many items for the community – from bibs to blankets, from library bags to survival packs. The people they help range from school students, young pregnant mums and vulnerable community members, to children and women in DV situations. This group is making a difference to so many lives – all off their own bat.
We would like to express our enormous gratitude for all those people that volunteer their time to help others – but especially NCNS’s tribe of volunteers, who we have the pleasure of knowing and working with, and who make such a difference for NCNS workers.
If you’re interested in joining the NCNS Collective Community Action Group, please call Justine on 02 4729 0442.