By Gina Olivieri, Grassroots Engagement Manager.
Did you know May 9-15 is National Volunteer Week?
Every year this week is dedicated to celebrating and acknowledging the outstanding contribution volunteers make to our society, and the world at large.
This year’s theme is Give Happy, Live Happy, and we want to know – how has giving your time volunteering with RESULTS contributed to you living a happier, healthier life? Get in touch with us or tweet @RESULTS_AU using #NVW2016 – we’d love to hear your stories!
Here at RESULTS, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank our amazing volunteers.
All over the country you, our community of passionate, committed, everyday people continually go the extra mile to ensure their parliamentarians are hearing from them about important global issues. Our awesome volunteers give their time, energy and considerable brainpower to write thought-provoking letters to the editor and opinion pieces, meet with and write to their parliamentary representatives, and raise funds to support our vital work.
Sometimes this isn’t easy, and you spend hours fact-checking, editing, re-editing and feel your stomach churn as you work up the nerve to call an editor. You rehearse to yourself in the mirror, and sweat while on the phone to a MP’s diary secretary. Your legs tremble as you sit in your Senator’s office talking about the achievements of Australian aid. You hesitate before hitting the Submit button to send off a letter to the editor, wonder if anyone you know will see it published, and how they’ll react.
Being a volunteer with RESULTS takes guts.
It also brings great rewards. I’ve heard countless stories from volunteers describing their elation when an editor says yes to their opinion piece, the ‘buzz’ they got from talking face to face to their MP, and the confidence boost they got when all their friends called them up to congratulate them on their letter in the paper. I’ve danced in the halls of Parliament with volunteers after securing an MP’s support for childhood vaccines. I’ve watched first-time volunteers fidget nervously on their way down those same halls on their way to their first meetings with an MP, only to return standing taller, head held higher, having secured a promise of action.
Thank you to all our active volunteers for having the guts to do this vital work.
If you’re not an active volunteer yet – we welcome your involvement in our movement with open arms, and ask that you take the next steps to experiencing these great rewards for yourself:
1. Join our Intro Call on Wednesday May 11 to get acquainted or reacquainted with RESULTS and get connected to your local group.
2. Come to our 30th Anniversary National Conference – it doesn’t matter if you’ve never attended a meeting or written a letter. If you want to be a part of the movement to end extreme poverty, we want you at our Conference. It’s a great opportunity to get to know us, learn about the issues, get a big dose of inspiration, and learn all the skills you need to be an effective advocate. It’s the perfect first step to take as a new volunteer!
We look forward to meeting you.
Gina and the RESULTS team