This week is Student Volunteer Week so we're shining the spotlight on a few local young volunteers. First up is Koko, an invaluable member of the Volunteer Marlborough team. We've introduced Koko before but we wanted to ask a few more questions to give you a better idea of what she does and why she does it...
How old are you? 11 years old
What do you do when you volunteer? So far for my volunteering, I have been a promotional assistant for Volunteer Marlborough. I have handed out flyers and also delivered posters to local businesses
What is your favourite part? Getting outside and getting exercise while I do my job
Why did you start volunteering? I started volunteering as it is a part of my MP (maximising potential) challenge at Bohally intermediate.
How do you feel your volunteer work impacts the Marlborough community? I feel that my work informs the community about Volunteer Marlborough and the many ways that they can become volunteers.
Has volunteering given you an opportunity to learn anything or gain new skills? I have learnt about volunteering and what it means. I have also become more confident when delivering the posters and talking to the public.
What do you do when you’re not volunteering? When I am not volunteering, I am at school or doing sports and homework. I also love reading.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about starting volunteering? I would say volunteering is great fun and it is very rewarding, and you can do anything you like!
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Volunteering is defined by Volunteer Marlborough and the rest of our network of volunteer centres as "Time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain." When you consider that definition, a lot of people immediately think of 'formal' volunteering like helping in an op shop or a rest home. However, there are many other types of volunteering; helping at church or on the marae, coaching and managing kids sports teams, or mowing your elderly neighbor's lawn are all examples of volunteering!
Volunteering is really just about helping others, and we strongly believe ALL volunteering should be celebrated!
You can get full info on all available roles (and apply online) at marl.volunteermatch.org.nz...
Alternatively, send us a message, call/txt 021478330, or email email@example.com
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