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Media Release: Volunteering response overwhelming

By August 30, 2006No Comments

In a great display of the sense of community shared by Maroondah residents Maroondah City Council has been overwhelmed by the number of people that have responded to our recent call for volunteers.

It is therefore fitting that Maroondah extended the following opportunity to thank all people that have come forward to offer their time towards volunteering:

Volunteering response overwhelming

Maroondah City Council recently put out the call for volunteers to drive a group of older ladies to their regular exercise class at Ringwood Aquatic Centre.

Councillor Alex Makin said the community response was overwhelming.

“I would like to sincerely thank each and every person who read the article and responded – this strong display of community is truly wonderful,” said Cr Makin.

“The first week the call out appeared in the local papers, Council received enough volunteers to create a roster for the position. This week, four volunteers had a practice run of the 12 seater bus, and passed with flying colours,” said Cr Makin.

“The group of ladies who rely on Council’s bus to get them to a regular exercise class at the Ringwood Aquatic Centre are ecstatic knowing that their program will continue,” said Cr Makin.

“It is wonderful that we are stilling receiving calls and these generous people have been offered volunteer positions with our aged services team to assist our frail and elderly residents,” said Cr Makin.

“We can never have too many volunteers and we are still looking for people who can assist with Council’s Meals on Wheels service,” said Cr Makin.

“The Meals on Wheels program is more than just delivering meals. Our wonderful volunteers also provide much needed social contact for the recipients, spending time talking, catching up on news, sharing stories and building ongoing relationships. This crucial social contact decreases isolation and assists in monitoring the health and well being of our older residents,” said Cr Makin.

“Our Meals on Wheels driver volunteers receive reimbursement for the use of their vehicles, which assists with the cost of petrol and general running of the vehicle,” said Cr Makin.

“Volunteering is such rewarding work and very flexible! If you can spare a few hours a week, fortnight or month I would strongly encourage you to contact Council and find out more about how you can get involved,” said Cr Makin.

“I sincerely thank our current and new volunteers and hope that people will continue to overwhelm council with their sense of giving back to the community,” said Cr Makin.

So why not become a volunteer and help others in your local area, meet new people and discover the joy that comes from giving something back to the community?

For further details or to register your interest please call 1300 88 22 33.

Alex Makin

Alex Makin

Alex Makin is a councillor for the Mullum Ward in the City of Maroondah. Alex has been a councillor since 2005, representing ratepayers, businesses, community groups and residents. I aim to continue making a difference and welcome any thoughts you may have in regard to life, community and business in Maroondah. Phone: (03) 9870 8202 or 0408 311 645 Email: alex@alexmakin.com.au

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