Next week, June 20 to 26, is national volunteer week. According to Volunteering New Zealand, more than one million people in Aotearoa volunteer for an organisation, contributing $4 billion to the economy each year.
That represents 159 million hours of formal volunteer labour annually. According to the Volunteer NZ’s State of the Sector report, the changing landscape of volunteering has presented challenges. Some organisations that relied on aged volunteers are still waiting for volunteers to return after Covid-19.
Further, aged volunteers are increasingly time-strapped as they are looking after grandchildren, with both parents required to work to sustain a household.