Each year during National Volunteer Week (NVW) we celebrate the contribution of the six million people who volunteer across Australia. This year the theme is Give a little, Change a lot, to recognise the millions of volunteers who make a big impact in their communities by giving a little of their time.
EnergyAustralia’s Social Investment Lead Roberta Steuart says the theme reflects how volunteering is approached within the company.
“This week is the epitome of our approach to volunteering and the values we hold at EnergyAustralia. We’re a business with great potential to make a huge difference in our community,” she says.
During NVW this year, EnergyAustralia employees from Melbourne, Geelong and Yallourn will be volunteering at seven different charities or primary schools.
Throughout 2018 there will be around 700 volunteering opportunities for employees to give their time.
Partner charities include Sacred Heart Mission, Very Special Kids, Australian Business Community Network, St Kilda Mums, Geelong Mums and Foodbank. EnergyAustralia is also part of breakfast club at two primary schools in Geelong and Yallourn where volunteers make breakfast for those kids who have come to school without.
Roberta says partners are chosen based on EnergyAustralia’s areas of focus: education (acquiring knowledge) and social inclusion (feeling valued and included).
“All of them are designed for our employees to see that there are others in our community that need our support,” says Roberta.
The best part of volunteering is that everyone benefits. “Staff love it. After every session we do, regardless of charity, the reports are that they love the impact they can have, in such a simple way,” says Roberta.