The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council has whole-heartedly thanked its 50,000 volunteers and members and has urged them to take a bow this National Volunteers Week (May 14 to 20).
National Council President, Tony Thornton said the volunteers who work in Vinnies Centres and Conferences around Australia are, without question, the organisation’s greatest asset.
“We owe a great debt to our volunteers. They are doing a marvellous job and it is not an easy job by any means, but the rewards for both the volunteer and the people they are assist are great,” Mr Thornton said.
“In particular I would like to thank the contributions of the volunteers in our Vinnies Centres, who provide clothes and goods to those in need.
“I would also like to thank the volunteers in our Conferences, who carry out home visitations in an effort to assist some of the most vulnerable members of their community,” Mr Thornton said.
Home visitations carried out by Conference members or ‘volunteers’ are unique to the St Vincent de Paul Society and epitomise the ethos of its 19th century French founder, Frederic Ozanam, who wrote that “no work of charity is foreign to us.”
“With the aid of volunteers we will continue to help hundreds of thousands of Australians who find themselves in need of assistance at some point in their lives,” Mr Thornton said.