City staff get moving for volunteer program

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The Salvation Army Rockingham has been the first to benefit from the City of Rockingham’s Corporate Volunteering Program, developed to assist the growth of volunteering in the area.

City staff helped the Salvation Army relocate its op shop to new premises at the corner of Read Street and Willmott Drive, Cooloongup.

Helping with the move was part of a pilot program to introduce the Corporate Volunteering Program — an initiative from the City’s Volunteering Strategy 2016-2022.

City executive officer Andrew Hammond said the pilot program was a great success and had set an example he hoped more of the corporate sector would follow.

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“Assisting the Salvation Army move to new premises showed the value corporate volunteering can provide to recipients, employers and employees alike,” he said.

“City staff enjoyed the opportunity to support an organisation that traditionally does so much to help vulnerable people in the area.”

Mr Hammond said not-for-profit organisations could benefit by having a workforce available for specific roles such as a move or clean-up.

Volunteering plays a crucial part in community life — it builds stronger and more resilient communities,

he said.

“While the cost saving means sporting bodies, emergency services, aged care and youth organisations and a raft of other not-for-profit organisations can operate more effectively.

“The City of Rockingham is fortunate to have a strong volunteering spirit and the most recent Volunteering Strategy. will enhance the social and economic aspects of our region.”

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