Eastern Volunteers, which is based in Ringwood, provides transport services for the frail aged and people with disabilities, as well as providing recruiting services for volunteer organisations.
This afternoon, in recognition of International Volunteer Day, the organisation hosted a luncheon at Maroondah Federation Estate to acknowledge the many volunteers within our community. There are more than 5.4 million volunteers across Australia and it has been estimated that their combined contributions contribute over $70 billion to the Australian community.
Volunteers also assist in ensuring inclusive and vibrant communities and it was great to see a wide array of community organisations in attendance to enjoy the festivities. Volunteering strengthens our community and I thank the many people who dedicate their time and energy to creating a better society.