Join us in Celebrating National Volunteer Week 2020

Celebrating National Volunteer Week 2020

This week YPRL is celebrating National Volunteer Week in Australia along with thousands of other groups that are supported by volunteers across the country.

The theme of this year’s National Volunteer week is “Changing Communities. Changing Lives.” This statement encourages us to reflect on the role that volunteers have played in supporting the welfare of our country in recent months – events which would have been impossible to navigate without the selflessness, bravery, and generosity of volunteers.

“If ever we doubted the power of volunteering, the recent crises show us that volunteering is more than just a group of dispirit individuals, it is a movement, a workforce that addresses some of the most pressing issues of our time.” - Adrienne Picone, CEO of Volunteering Australia

In the past 12 months we have launched many new volunteer-supported initiatives at YPRL:

  • An adult literacy program, which helped participants feel more connected to their local community and gain confidence in their communication skills.
  • Next Chapter Book Club, a book club program for adults with developmental disabilities.
  • Customer service focused Branch Support Volunteers that will ease the transition into the new Ivanhoe Library at Ivanhoe Library & Cultural Hub.
  • A cohort of Digital Mentor volunteers, that will support the needs of our library communities by providing digital assistance and tutoring to those in need.

All of our newly-introduced and long-standing programs, initiatives and support roles deeply influence the impact YPRL has on our community and on the lives of others.

You can help us celebrate!

Waving your Appreciation for Volunteers

We invite you to put your hand up and thank all the volunteers around Australia by waving a special smile of appreciation from your own home. Upload your wave photo to social media and share using the hashtags #NVW2020 and #waveforvolunteers, and tag Volunteering Australia. Visit Wave Your Appreciation for Volunteers for more information.

Look Back

Have a read of some of our past volunteer-focused blog posts, especially the one from NVW 2019, which gives some historical background on volunteerism at YPRL.

Giving Back

There are many ways to help others in your community and across the globe.

Informal Volunteering

Help a neighbor, family or community member out with their errands or grocery pickup? That’s what we call informal volunteering. It makes up a large part of what keeps our communities connected and thriving. If you already volunteer informally, thank you for giving your time to help others.

Volunteering Victoria has created a great Guide to Informal Volunteering:


Seek Volunteer is your go-to website and has even created a special ‘Online Volunteering Opportunities’ portal while we focus our efforts around the home. Many not-for-profit organisations need support more than ever! They feature opportunities such as:

  1. Helping to sew PPE
  2. Content writers for not-for-profits
  3. Mentoring opportunities

You can register for Emergency Support Volunteering to support people impacted by COVID-19 by joining the 6,000 folks that have already signed up. Register here.

Follow the conversation and celebration online by searching the #NVW2020. YPRL is proud to have the support of volunteers at our library and we hope you join us in celebrating them this week! 

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