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Monday, 14 May 2012 19:37

Youth Off The Streets Celebrates Volunteers for Helping to Create Brighter Futures For Australia’s Youth

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During National Volunteer Week, Youth Off The Streets will be celebrating more than 350 volunteers who have donated their time towards the futures of young people experiencing disadvantage and homelessness in Australia.
National Volunteer Week, which runs from the 14th to the 20th of May in 2012, is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia.
Volunteers are essential for most charity and community organisations, who would struggle to survive without the support of these passionate and dedicated individuals.
Volunteers that share Youth Off The Streets’ devotion to creating brighter futures for disadvantaged young people in Australia, have been crucial to the delivery of their services.
“We have received overwhelming support from members of the communities that we have developed services in and it is inspirational to see how many people are willing to give their time to young people that often don’t get that support and consideration from other people in their lives outside of our programs”, Founder and CEO of Youth Off The Streets, Father Chris Riley, said.
“Our volunteers always go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of the young people that come to us for assistance and without the contribution that each and every volunteer makes to the organisation, we would not be able to do half the things that we do”.
“I have always said that it takes a whole of community approach to raise our children and with only 180 staff members working at more than 25 services, volunteers have made it possible for us to assist more than 50,000 young people in only twenty years. Our staff and young people appreciate the support of volunteers in our services, and I am very thankful for their passion and belief in the work that we do for our kids”.
More than 57% of the volunteers at Youth Off The Streets give their time to the organisation’s community services, including the longest standing service, the Food Van, which is manned solely by volunteers and goes out most nights of the year to Green Park and Darlinghurst to serve food and drinks to people in need.
Volunteers also make up the entire workforce of the organisation’s Opportunity Shops (also called Father Riley’s Op Shops) which raise much needed income that is directed towards the provision of support services to young people experiencing homelessness, neglect and abuse, drug and alcohol dependency and disadvantage.
“Volunteering is a terrific way to become more involved in your community and to help young people in need to transform their lives. We are always looking for people to assist with the mentoring of our young people, to support one off events and to participate in longer term volunteering activities”, Father Riley said.
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