NATIONAL VOLUNTEERS WEEK: Volunteering leads to a job for Jasmine

Janita and Robert Crowe, Jasmine Dow, Ash Justin and Helen Young were celebrating National Volunteers Week yesterday with a thankyou afternoon tea at St Stephens. The volunteers are celebrating 25 years of the annual event. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL

Janita and Robert Crowe, Jasmine Dow, Ash Justin and Helen Young were celebrating National Volunteers Week yesterday with a thankyou afternoon tea at St Stephens. The volunteers are celebrating 25 years of the annual event. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL

VOLUNTEERING has its many rewards — and gaining employment can even be one of them.

Wodonga’s Jasmine Dow, 31, and Tallangatta’s Ash Justin, 21, were among the youngest volunteers to be thanked for their efforts at an afternoon tea in Wodonga yesterday as part of National Volunteers Week.

Ms Dow is reaping the rewards of donating her time to help out at the Albury-Wodonga Volunteer Resource Bureau.

She walked in as a volunteer but will be an employee at the bureau by the end of the month.

“We saw her potential as soon as she came to us,” Bureau manager Lisa Pierce said.

Ms Pierce said the celebrations marked 25 years of National Volunteer Week.

Mr Justin, who was enjoying the sweet treats yesterday, said volunteering with SITE disability services was an eye-opener.

He volunteers four days a week in day programs such as tenpin bowling and other activities.

“The clients get so much enjoyment out of spending time with them,” Mr Justin said.

Yesterday’s afternoon tea at St Stephen’s church comes after Albury volunteers celebrated on Wednesday with a breakfast.

The celebrations will continue today at the Thurgoona Community Centre from 1.30pm.

Read about the changing face of volunteering in Pulse tomorrow.

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