Give a Little. Change a Lot.
Our IT recycling program uses donations of used or faulty computers and
refurbishes those computers donating them to people or community organisations that would otherwise not have access
to these technologies. The work is done in our volunteer IT training room, where qualified IT professionals teach volunteers
wanting to get into the industry.This program has been running for over 10 years and has
donated an average of 50 computers a year back into the community.
This project was a response to an emerging community need and arose as there was a change
in another local community organisations funding. We wanted to help. This became a partnership between local artists, art groups, Phenoix House
in Bundaberg, Dave Read Auctioneer and the Bundaberg Rainbow Girls. It had two parts. We hosted an art exhibition for all the local artists and
art groups in Bundaberg, asking in return that they donate a piece of art for an art auction later in the year. There was a gold coin donation box
and we had all participants sign the banner we made for Pheonix House's night march. There was also an art battle between three of the regions
up and coming artists. Two of these artists also donated their work for the auction. This exhibition was well recieved and there was a good
response from the public.
At the second phase Art Auction, we raised just over $1,000 for Pheonix House here in Bundaberg
Wide Bay Volunteers has been hosting Annual Volunteer Expos since 2001. The idea behind this
initiative, is to provide a platform for community organisations to advertise their services and volunteer programs, as well as providing an
information day for people wanting to volunteer to find the right organisation to assist them on their volunteering journey. At different times,
these expos were held inside and outside, but the more effective celebration of volunteering effort is seen when we take the expo to the park.
We started doing this in 2016-2017 and will continue to host the expo outside. In 2018, the ran almost got us, but a big thank you to all the
organisations that stayed despite the rain!
Equity & Equality. Thats why we do this each year. Equity, Equality and being a Good Corporate Citizen by
raising awareness of issues of inequality, in the pursuit of addressing them. The events that we have held are different each year.
Since 2013, Wide Bay Volunteers has been partnering with local organisations to conduct events on International Womens Day in March,
including the QJA, the Country Womens Association, the Wide Bay TAFE. In 2018 we partnered with the Bundaberg Regional Council
and thank them for their continued support.
We aim for Best-Practice Volunteering and for us, that means that every volunteering journey has many
facets like training, support, professional development, social inclusion, team building and assistance in achieving the volunteers goals. If we know
a volunteers goals are, we help them achieve them. For example, if they want to gain skills in event management, we ask the volunteer to help with our
events and help them make connections in the event space in town.
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