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Published Friday 4 May 2018
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Your chance to give our wonderful volunteers a well-deserved pat on the back

Volunteers are at the heart of our community and their hard-work, dedication and commitment certainly doesn’t go unnoticed.

As part of National Volunteer Week, Council is hosting two volunteer thank you nights to show our appreciation to the thousands of selfless people in Mitchell who give up their time to better their community.

The events will be a chance to recognise and celebrate the significant contributions of volunteers in Mitchell Shire who come from wide-ranging organisations and groups such as emergency services, sporting clubs, health services and animal welfare groups.

The free thank you events will be held at the Salvation Army Hall (Victoria Street) in Seymour on Tuesday 22 May and Kilmore Memorial Hall (Sydney Street) on Friday 25 May, both from 6-8.30pm.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said without volunteers, many local community groups simply wouldn’t survive.

“Volunteers play such a vital role in our community and the harsh reality is that without them, things like your local football or netball club, meals on wheels services and the Visitor Information Centre wouldn’t exist,” Cr Sanderson said.

“Council acknowledges and really appreciates the vital role our volunteers play in building strong, inclusive and resilient communities.

“Our wonderful volunteers achieve so much each and every day and it does not go unnoticed.

“We’d encourage any volunteers to attend the thank you nights and catch up and network with some other likeminded residents.”

Council is committed to supporting the development of volunteering across the Shire, including operating a free volunteer website www.volunteeringmitchell.com.au.

The online platform is a one-stop-shop for volunteering and allows community members and organisations to find and advertise volunteer roles.

Council also has a Volunteer Advisory Committee, which aims to provide advice and feedback to ensure volunteering is encouraged, supported and recognised in Mitchell Shire.

National Volunteer Week is from 21-27 May 2018.

This year’s theme is Give a little. Change a lot, representing the millions of Australians who make a profound impact on their communities by giving a little time.

RSVPs, including dietary requirements, for the volunteer thank you nights are open until Sunday 20 May and can be made HERE.

Finger food and refreshments will be supplied.

For more information or help registering your interest in attending, please call 5734 6200 or email community.development@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au.