Volunteer Kapiti committee members Bill Trotter, Janet Cowper, and Jane Fogden.
Community organisations looking for volunteers and volunteers looking for volunteer roles no longer need to seek assistance from outside the Kapiti Coast. A new Volunteer Centre – Volunteer Kapiti will provide this service to everyone on the Kapiti Coast, from Pukerua Bay all the way up to Otaki.
Volunteer Kapiti will open its doors on Monday 21 June 2010 in a launch celebration which will take place in the Kapiti Community Centre. Jenny Rowan, Mayor of the Kapiti District will officially open the office with a ribbon cutting of the Volunteer Kapiti office.
Manager of Volunteer Kapiti Janet Cowper says, "We are very excited about being able to provide this service to the Kapiti Coast. After nearly two years of hard work and dedication by many individuals and supporters we look forward to providing this vital connection between volunteers and Not for Profit organisations in the local community. We acknowledge the remarkable work of the many Not‐for‐Profit organisations in the community and are here to support these groups further with the service that we provide."
The Volunteer Kapiti opening occurs during Volunteer Awareness Week, a nation wide annual event aiming to encourage more people to volunteer. The promotion week, which begins on Sunday 20 June and runs through to Saturday 26 June, this year carries the theme of "Volunteering across the Generations". This theme highlights the opportunities for volunteering across all generations, how different forms of volunteering appeal to particular generational groups and various examples of intergenerational volunteering, including family volunteering.
Volunteer Kapiti will continue their launch celebration and contribute to Volunteer Awareness Week by holding a promotional stall on Wednesday 23 June in Coastlands Shopping Mall providing information to interested community members about its services and volunteering opportunities in the Kapiti district.