Over 238 Opportunities to make a difference in Westmeath this summer!

Over 238 Opportunities to make a difference in Westmeath this summer!
Westmeath Volunteer Centre has seen over 226 volunteers register with the centre so far this year. Following the success of Ireland’s first National Volunteering Week in May, interest in volunteering remains at a high. 
Of those registered with the Volunteer Centre this year, 159 volunteers have already been placed in roles and begun volunteering. Since Westmeath Volunteer Centre opened in (2006), volunteers placed by the Centre have contributed an incredible 46,441 hours of voluntary work to community groups and charities across the county. Using the current average industrial wage, this work equates to a value of over €1,029,132.56.

Ian O’Flynn, Manager of Westmeath Volunteer Centre said “So far 2012 has been a great year for volunteering in Westmeath. The summer months provide a great reminder of how valuable volunteering is in Ireland. This summer over 400 festivals and community events will take place across the country, all of which rely heavily on the tireless efforts and dedication of volunteers. 
“The London 2012 Olympic Games also provide a great reminder of the impact of volunteers, not just because of the 75,000 volunteers required to help run the Games, but the thousands of volunteers in sports clubs across Ireland who help Irish athletes train week in week out. For every Olympic success story, there are countless volunteers whose hard work and commitment have helped each athlete reach the Olympic stage. Volunteers play a vital role in Irish sport, arts, culture and community.”

Ian O’Flynn continued “For those interested in volunteering, it couldn’t be easier to get started – visitwww.volunteerwestmeath.ie call 044-9348571 or drop in to our Volunteer Centre in Mullingar or Athlone to register as a volunteer. We have over 220 active opportunities for volunteers that range from once off roles with little time commitment required, to longer term roles working with Westmeath based community groups, organisations and charities. 
Westmeath Volunteer Centre is a member of Volunteer Ireland. Volunteer Ireland works to promote, facilitate and celebrate volunteering in Ireland. For more information please visit volunteer.ie

For further information please contact 086-1743470

Westmeath Volunteer Centre will work with any not-for-profit organisation – this may include charities, community groups, co-operatives and statutory organisations such as health centres, schools, hospitals, etc. We may ask to see your constitution or set of rules to clarify this. We will not seek volunteers for individuals or for for-profit organisations. Westmeath Volunteer Centre serves the needs of organisations operating within the boundaries of Westmeath.