The St Vincent de Paul Society is using this week’s National Youth Week to celebrate the “growing number of younger people who enthusiastically give their time and expertise to help others”. Source: Eternity News.
“This year in particular, we recognise the role of young volunteers – that often unsung cohort of 28,500 people under the age of 40 – who make up more than a third of our volunteer base,” said Jacob Miller, National Vice President of Youth for the St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia.
“Young people from primary school age to their late 30s are in our shops, in our soup vans, talking to people experiencing isolation and disadvantage, and taking up senior leadership roles.
“Nationally, seven of our advisory committees are led by young people, with more than 60 individuals shaping how our organisation responds to public policy challenges of the day.
“Young people are not the future of the Society, they are the here and now – without their contribution Vinnies Australia would be a very different organisation.”
When some talk about young people in Australian contemporary society, the words “volunteer spirit” rarely appear. But Vinnies sees young people serving those less fortunate every day. Even more impressively, this always has been the case, even in the earliest days of the charity’s formation.
“A young Frédéric Ozanam founded the Society on his 20th birthday and that spirit of youth is thriving in the Society today.”
St Vinnies celebrates its 28.5K young volunteers this Youth Week (By Kylie Beach, Eternity News)