"Everything worthwhile is achieved by people working with people, in our local communities, more broadly, and in countries all over the world. Whether it's hands-on help to a single person, or a group, or working on policies which create the frameworks for systems which support individuals and communities, at local, national or international levels. Volunteers save and change lives - and, in the process, often enrich their own lives! Without the massive efforts by volunteers our communities could not function. I salute all volunteers, from the youngest to the oldest, in Australia and throughout the world."
"The efforts and importance of volunteers in our communities are so easily overlooked, often by the volunteers themselves. Volunteers give their time freely to help the community simply because they enjoy it, which in turn provides a fulfilling experience both for the volunteer and the community as a whole. I am immensely proud of the work the team at Volunteering WA, as the peak body for volunteering in this state, does to facilitate this effort and in turn the contribution it makes to improving the standard of living in Western Australia."
"Quite a deal of data is revealing that the much maligned "Gen Y" are in fact the largest group of people volunteering their time to help others - in 2009 the 18-24 year group represented over 30% of all those placed by Volunteering WA, in fact if you added in the 25-34 year olds together they account for 60% of the people that use the services of Volunteering WA."
"Where would we be without volunteers? Imagine this - restricted fire and emergency services, no one to coach the kid's footy team, no one to transport the elderly for their medical check ups, no one to direct our tourists to the wonderful sites of WA and the many, many more activities that volunteers undertake to support our community. To these unsung hero's, now more than ever, I say thank you."
"Volunteering is a wonderful thing - it helps the cause that the volunteer is giving his or her time to, but equally importantly it helps the volunteer personally and helps to build well-being and a sense of worth to the volunteer, this is one of the reasons why Minter Ellison, Perth gives every member of staff an extra day of paid leave to undertake volunteering work in the community."
"In the under resourced retirement and aged care sector, volunteers are quite literally the lifeblood for many of the additional services and facilities provided to seniors in our community. If it wasn't for volunteers, many of these additional services just wouldn't be available for operators to offer."
"Today and every day the generous efforts and contribution of volunteers need support and recognition from us all - community, business and government. As well as a simple and genuine 'thank you' volunteers require excellent resourcing, management and protection to maximise the impact of their endeavours. I particularly draw attention to the dedication and tireless work of volunteers assisting people with a disability and young people enabling them to realise their potential and ensuring their inclusion and access to a quality of life most of us take for granted. Now, more than ever these and all volunteers need our support."
"Volunteering provides a multitude of benefits to all sectors of our community. Through their personal endeavours and passion, Australia’s 6.1 million volunteers make a significant and enduring contribution to building healthier, stronger and more connected communities. Organisations such as the bushfire brigades, ambulance services, sporting groups, SES, Surf Lifesaving and many other community based organisations could not carry out their vital roles without the dedication and hard work of their volunteers. Volunteering is personally rewarding and provides people of all ages and backgrounds with an opportunity to help others and give something back to their community. I have been a member of the Volunteering WA Board since October 2010, and I am very proud to be involved with a progressive organisation that is committed to strengthening volunteering in Western Australia and across the nation."