Thursday, 14 July 2016
Seniors and Volunteering Minister Tony Simpson said funding of up to $1,000 was available for community organisations and local governments to organise events that recognised the contributions of Western Australian volunteers.
"West Australians have a great tradition of volunteering and its value to our State is enormous, estimated at about $39 billion per year in economic, social and cultural value," Mr Simpson said.
"The many hours volunteers dedicate to supporting organisations across WA have an immeasurable positive impact for volunteers, their communities and the organisations they help.
"The Thank a Volunteer Day Celebration Grants program will enable local communities to acknowledge and celebrate the role of volunteers in their communities."
Research commissioned by Volunteering WA in 2015 found that if treated as a sector in its own right, volunteering is WA's largest industry by employment.
The Minister said the State Government was committed to supporting volunteers, providing almost $1.3 million in recurrent funding.
"This includes more than $650,000 to promote the value of volunteering and $640,000 to Volunteering WA as the peak body to support the sustainability and effectiveness of volunteering," he said.