On the move: Salvation Army benefits from City of Rockingham’s volunteer program

City of Rockingham staff members Rhiarn and Taryn help with the move.
City of Rockingham staff members Rhiarn and Taryn help with the move.

THE Salvation Army Rockingham was the first to benefit from an initiative to boost volunteering by the City of Rockingham.

The Corporate Volunteering Program (CVP) had several City staff roll up their sleeves and get busy helping the Salvos relocate their Op Shop to new premises at the corner of Read Street and Willmott Drive, Cooloongup.

The task was part of a pilot program to introduce the CVP, a scheme from the City’s Volunteering Strategy 2016-2022.

City of Rockingham CEO Andrew Hammond said the pilot program was a great success and hoped it set an example for others in the corporate sector.

“Assisting the Salvation Army move to new premises showed the value corporate volunteering can provide to recipients, employers and employees alike,” he said.

“City staff enjoyed the opportunity to support an organisation that traditionally does so much to help vulnerable people in the area.

“Not-for-profit organisations benefit by having an instant workforce available for specific roles such as a move or clean up; business has the opportunity to engage with the community and the employees have the satisfaction of assisting a worthwhile cause and having a change to their normal work environment in an informal and often fun atmosphere.

“Employees also have the opportunity to meet new people from within the organisation which will help build relationships and provide opportunities for future collaboration.

“Volunteering plays a crucial part in community life – it builds stronger and more resilient communities, while the cost saving means sporting bodies, emergency services, aged care and youth organisations and a raft of other not-for-profit organisations can operate more effectively.

“The City of Rockingham is fortunate to have a strong volunteering spirit.”