My involvement with Eastern Volunteers began as a speaker at the Business Booster Breakfast back in November 2011.
At the time Eastern Volunteers approached me to become their inaugural Patron and I had the pleasure of accepting this invitation. The corporate world needs to invest in their local community, which provides benefits to both businesses and not-for-profit organisations.
Involvement in the local community increases community standing, boosts brand awareness and has a positive impact on customer loyalty and staff
morale. The work Eastern Volunteers has undertaken around corporate volunteering, with businesses volunteering their time in the community, has highlighted the benefits in working with community organisations.
It was a pleasure to be invited to the Building Unveiling in April this year where the fundraising campaign and many hours of negotiation resulted in Eastern Volunteers moving to an accessible and central location within Ringwood.
The Building Unveiling reinforced that Eastern Volunteers is successful in bringing together individuals, communities and businesses to support its goal of greater community inclusion. Congratulations to the board, staff and volunteers of Eastern Volunteers who have delivered some great outcomes over this past year and positioned the organisation for the future.
Australian of the Year 2011