Interchange celebrates National Volunteer Week

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Interchange celebrates National Volunteer Week

Happy National Volunteer Week everyone! Interchange would not exist without the amazing generosity and dedication of our volunteers, who provide an astounding 320,000 hours of service per year across all Interchange programs and services. We’re very happy to have a week to recognise the wonderful contribution that volunteers make to our organisation, and we look forward to the week’s activities across our agency network.

Volunteering Fun Facts

(courtesy of Volunteering Australia)

•  Volunteers are happier, healthier and sleep better than those who don’t volunteer – doctors should recommend it.

•  96% of volunteers say that it “makes people happier”.

•  95% of volunteers say that volunteering is related to feelings of wellbeing.

•  Volunteering results in a “helper’s high”, a powerful physical and emotional feeling experienced when directly helping others.

•  Just a few hours of volunteer work makes a difference in happiness and mood.

•  Sustained volunteering is associated with better mental health.

•  Altruistic emotions and behaviours are associated with greater well-being, health, and longevity.

•  A strong correlation exists between the well-being, happiness, health, and longevity of people who are emotionally kind and compassionate in their charitable helping activities.

•  The experience of helping others provides meaning, a sense of self-worth, a social role and health enhancement.

•  Volunteering is highly associated with greater health and happiness.

•  Volunteers contribute $200 billion to the Australian economy annually.

•  The number of volunteers in Australia has doubled from 1995 (3.2 million) to 2010 (6.1 million).

•  The rate of volunteering by young people in Australia increased from 16% in 1995 to 27.1% in 2010.

•  Of the 600,000 not for profit organisations in Australia only 60,000 have paid staff.

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