National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week 2020 runs from June 21-27. This year’s theme is:
‘Te Hua o te Mahi Tahi I The benefit of working together’.

National Volunteer Week 2020 is an opportunity for our 1 million volunteers to be recognised and celebrated! Volunteers contribute to 159 million volunteer hours per year, the value of this volunteer labour is estimated at $4 billion.

The power and potential of volunteering, Mahi Aroha and social action shines through at times when our communities are stretched and challenged. New Zealand’s COVID-19 response has highlighted courage and kindness in uniting together. Working collaboratively as we come out of COVID-19 will make our communities stronger and volunteers will continue to play an integral role in this. Now more than ever, as a volunteering community we commit to manaakitanga and whakawhanaungatanga.

National Volunteer Week 2020 is an opportunity for everyone to recognise all volunteers: whether volunteering for an essential service, virtual volunteering, people thinking about volunteering or those that normally volunteer but have stayed home to save lives – every volunteer is valued and contributes to strengthening our communities. Join us this National Volunteer Week to celebrate how our communities are stronger when working together. Volunteers help shape the world we want to live in, now and into the future!

Volunteering Bay of Plenty is developing a campaign to celebrate volunteering and the immense impact it has on the delivery of support services to the community. If you know any examples of recent outstanding volunteering, please email details to so we may consider inclusion in our campaign.

Click here to learn about the benefits of volunteering and come back soon for updates on National Volunteer Week activities and awareness campaigns.

Certificates of Appreciation

If you would like to acknowledge your volunteer with a Certificate of Appreciation, you will find templates here.