A morning tea will be held in Orange on Thursday to celebrate National Volunteers Week and acknowledge the contribution of local volunteers who run FoodCare Orange.
 
Orange City Council’s Services Policy Committee Chair Ron Gander said the morning tea, on Thursday May 4, was a chance to thank volunteers for their service but also encourage others to enquire about the services council offers.
 
“Volunteers don’t commit hours of their time for the thanks, but sometimes it is nice to do something for them to let them know they’re appreciated,” Cr Gander said. 
 
The morning tea is being held to coincide with National Volunteer Week and the catch cry this year is ‘Give Happy, Live Happy’.  
 
Research suggests volunteers gain as much as they give, with many experiencing improved physical, psychological and emotional health, according to Volunteering Australia. 
 
Cr Gander said Orange has a strong force of volunteers who donate their time and skills to a range of worthy causes.
 
“No sector is left untouched in Orange with volunteers donating time and skills to help people less fortunate or to help young people develop sporting and leadership skills.
 
“There’s hundreds of people donating time to the emergency services and even spending an hour or two helping out in the school canteen.
 
“It all helps and it all goes towards making our community a better place.
 
“Likewise, Orange City Council is committed to this cause and we offer a range of community services made possible by volunteers. 

 “So we are asking anyone who has ever thought about volunteering, to come down to the morning tea and find out if there’s something you might be interested in, from delivering meals or making a phone call to an older person or even spending time with someone doing something you both enjoy as part of our Friendly Visitor Program.”
 
Everyone is welcome to attend the morning tea on Thursday May 4, from 10am to 12pm at the Glenroi Community Centre, Garema Road, Orange.