The 2021 Border Charities and Services Magazine is out now.
Read about what some of our organisations here on the border are achieving, services available in the region and find out what it's like to be a volunteer.
Did you know across Australia, it is estimated that nearly 6 million (5.897 million) people volunteer through an organisation annually. This is almost one third (29.5%) of people aged 15 years and over.
Volunteers contributed 596.2 million hours to the community in 2019. This is a 20% decrease in the total number of volunteering hours from 2014 (743.3 million hours).
If you don't have time to volunteer, perhaps there's something you can do in your local neighbourhood.
Here are five things you can do to take action for good as together we can dramatically boost the number of everyday acts of kindness to help make our world a better place.
Of course, in this era of COVID-19, these actions should be undertaken while adhering to social distancing protocols.
1. In your street
Get to know your neighbours
A friendly "hello" is all it takes to strike up a conversation with a neighbour. Looking out for each other makes your community safer and if you ever face an emergency, like a fire or flood, having supportive neighbours helps you all cope and recover quicker.
2. In your community
Call someone who is lonely (or visit, if possible)
It's one thing to connect online but nothing beats a face-to-face conversation. Loneliness is a growing problem in our communities. Why not check in on someone who needs company? It could make a world of difference.
3. In your city
There are loads of opportunities. From helping out in shops to supporting people who are homeless, seeking asylum, elderly and more. Gain new skills, share your existing ones and meet new friends.
Your blood donation could save three lives and it only takes an hour.
Join one of the world's humanitarian movements.
You'll help reduce suffering and give a hand to some of our most vulnerable people - from those fleeing disasters and war to those who don't have access to clean water or who are living in poverty.