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Wollongong City Council

Community shows up for Volunteering Expo

Thursday 19 May 2022

Volunteering is the lifeblood of so many of the important social, environment and community programs that make our city a great place to live and we were excited to see so many people show up to the Volunteering Expo on Thursday 19 May.

Held at the Wollongong Town Hall, the Volunteering Expo brought together all kinds of volunteering opportunities under one roof, for people to browse and choose from.

The Volunteering Expo was hosted by Wollongong City Council’s service, Volunteering Illawarra, which provides information on volunteering vacancies, support, referral and training opportunities in the Wollongong, Shellharbour, and Kiama Local Government Areas.

“Showing up and saying ‘I can lend a hand’ is the first step towards becoming a volunteer and being a volunteer is about putting your community first and giving back,’’ Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said.

“Thank you to everyone who attended the Volunteering Expo to find out more about the volunteering opportunities available. Volunteering is such a broad term that encompasses a wide variety of different opportunities from delivering library books, planting trees, caring for our environment, giving homework help, and supporting community event. The expo showed that volunteering offers something for everyone and there are a wide range of ways you can give back to your community.”

Missed out on attending the Volunteering Expo? Don’t worry, it’s not too late to get involved!

Information on volunteering opportunities, training and more is available on the Volunteering Illawarra website.

One of the biggest projects that’s calling for volunteers this year is the 2022 UCI Road World Championships that will be held in Wollongong this September. Wollongong 2022, the event organisers, are looking for up to 1,500 enthusiastic volunteers to lend a hand for a variety of different tasks in the lead up to and during the event.

Find out more by visiting the Wollongong 2022 website.

“National Volunteer Week ends on Sunday 22 May, but that said, volunteering is something that we do as a community year-round,” Cr Bradbery said.

“I strongly encourage you to find out more and discover what volunteering opportunities there are that suit your lifestyle and interests.”

- Photos by Jeremy Park