Congratulations to our Member of the Month for December, Doin It For Rural Aussie Kids (DIFRAK). DIFRAK aims to uplift and provide support to Australian children in rural communities. Currently, they are holding their 1000 Christmas Gifts for 1000 Rural Children campaign, driving over 10,000 kilometres to deliver gifts throughout five states. Through the support of Good360 and the BIG W Giving Tree, children in regional towns are able to experience the holidays and are not left feeling forgotten.
National Volunteer Week 2022: #BetterTogether at Good360
Today has marked the beginning of National Volunteer Week 2022 (16-22 May), Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteering. This year’s theme, chosen by Volunteering Australia Incorporated, is “Better Together”. Volunteering helps bring people together to change communities for the better. This week is a chance for us to celebrate and recognise the vital work of volunteers across Australia, especially at Good360, where volunteers have become an integral part in #BringingGoodTogether. Throughout our seven years of operation, many volunteers have come through our doors, playing a huge role in our formation and history.
National Volunteer Week began in Australia in 1989. Since then, it is estimated that over five million people have volunteered through an organisation or group. This includes both formal and informal volunteering; formal volunteering is volunteering that takes place through not-for-profit organisations, while informal volunteering does not involve any organisation.
As a not-for-profit organisation, Good360 has been fortunate to receive help from a number of volunteers since establishment in 2015. These volunteers have come in the form of individuals willing to donate their time helping sort and pack goods in our warehouse as well as skilled volunteers who have graciously assisted in different departments including; operations, marketing, finance, and customer service. Here are some of our skilled volunteers who have become a permanent part of the Good360 family:
Hongmin Lu began as a skilled volunteer, working as a finance officer since 2014. In 2015, Hongmin was awarded Student Volunteer of the Year at the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards. In 2016, Hongmin was taken on as a permanent employee and became the Head of Finance and Administration.
Natasha Bennett began as a volunteer in 2016, helping us write Impact Stories for our charity partners. She then became a permanent employee as a Charity Partnership Manager in 2020, overseeing the transport of donated brand-new goods to charities and schools across Australia.
Hayley Moffiet started as an advisor and skilled volunteer in 2018, initially assisting Good360 in governance and operations and more recently leading a project to support future sustainability, social impact and circular economy initiatives. Last month Hayley joined us permanently as Head of Sustainability (read more about Hayley and her role here).
Louisa “Lou” Sawkins
Louisa had been a volunteer helping out in the warehouse since 2016. In 2018 she was made a permanent team member and now meets with charity partners for their pickups of click-and-collect orders and helps out with making deliveries from the RDC.
This year, the team at Good360 recognise the power in our ability to be Better Together. Whether volunteers or permanent employees, it takes kindness and collaboration to #MakeGoodHappen.
Currently, volunteering opportunities are only available through the Good360 Corporate Volunteer Program, for teams looking to experience a day in our warehouse in Smithfield, Sydney. This opportunity is perfect for teams wanting to donate their time sorting and packing new goods for charities and schools across Australia.
For those interested in becoming skilled volunteers (with experience in either logistics, marketing, technology, call centres, accounting, or more) for one or two days a week, you can reach out to us here.
Our general public volunteering program is currently on hold. If you are interested in donating your time in the future, contact us so we can notify you once public volunteering bookings are live again.
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