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 has developed a campaign to celebrate volunteering and the immense impact it has on the delivery of support services to the community.

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

Breaking News:

Pop back often for updates and breaking news:

Click here to view a snapshot of National Volunteer Week 2020 celebrations.

BOP Mayors Give Thanks to Local Volunteers


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Celebrating Extraordinary Volunteers:

We asked our members for examples of extraordinary volunteering and, courtesy of Countdown, gave out Gift Cards to acknowledge and celebrate volunteer efforts.

Click here to see who they nominated.


Watch out for features about National Volunteer Week in your local newspaper from Friday 19th June.


Listen out for messages and interviews with community support agencies on your local radio station.


If you’re on our Volunteer Database, watch out for our latest newsletter.

Certificates of Appreciation

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