Thursday, 23 November 2023
Think Globally, Act Locally
Re: Volunteering for the Environment
It’s official. Volunteering makes you happy. Research has shown that just a few hours of volunteering can make a difference to mood and happiness. Better still, sustained volunteering is associated with improved mental health. Volunteers sleep better, are healthier, and have a greater sense of well-being than those who don’t volunteer. In fact, the altruistic emotions and behaviours associated with volunteering can even help you live longer.
Environmental volunteering benefits the whole community and is a great way to get outdoors and experience our unique natural environment. Volunteers are rewarded with the knowledge they are making a meaningful contribution to preserving our diverse natural surroundings while learning new skills and meeting like-minded people.
Before you start looking for a volunteering opportunity, have a think about what you would like to achieve.
Groups such as the ones listed below offer various environmental volunteering opportunities from planting programs and weed eradication to clean-up days and fundraising
- Householders’ Options to Protect the Environment- www.hopeaustralia.org.au
- Landcare Australia- http://www.landcareonline.com.au/
- Queensland Water and Land Carers- http://qwalc.org.au/
- and Friends of the Escarpment Parks- http://www.fep.org.au/
The next step is finding an opportunity. Do some research, sites like Volunteering Queensland (https://volunteeringqld.org.au/) and GoVolunteer (https://govolunteer.com.au/) allow you to search for volunteer positions nationally, and to find local contacts. Alternately, just get out there and talk to people, visit your community centre or post a message on a community noticeboard. Anyone can volunteer, age is no barrier. Visit the Junior Landcare website (http://www.juniorlandcare.com.au/) for youth groups.
The important thing is getting out there and getting involved. Gather all your good intentions and find a cause you can relate to, meet new people, get some exercise and contribute to preserving a cherished resource. Your body and soul will thank you for it.
All the best!
Frank Ondrus, President – HOPE Inc., ph. 07 4639 2135