Volunteering is any activity that involves putting your unpaid time, energy and skills to work for the greater good.
New Zealand is a leading nation in the contribution made by volunteers. Statistics New Zealand’s latest quarterly Labour Market Statistics, highlights New Zealanders contribute a total of around 159 million hours of formal volunteer labour each year. The value of formal volunteering is estimated at $4 billion per annum.
Through volunteering, Mahi Aroha and social action individuals can create positive change on many fronts – human rights, faith communities, health, education, sports and recreation, social services, arts and culture, emergency services, the environment and conservation, animal welfare, and community support development – the list is endless.