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

The next step is finding an opportunity. Do some research, sites like Volunteering Queensland ( and GoVolunteer ( 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 ( 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

20231123 – MR – Volunteering for the Environment.pdf