Time to recognise outstanding volunteers

NSW volunteers, you should be congratulated

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WINNERS, ALL: 2019 NSW Volunteer of the Year Award winners (left to right) Sherin Fishwick from Dignity Dishes winner of the NSW Volunteer Team of the Year, NSW WINNERS, ALL: 2019 NSW Young Volunteer of the Year Sonia Sharma from MYAN, Volunteer of the Year Bob Fitzgerald, Senior Volunteer of the Year Abla Kadous from the Islamic Womens Welfare Association, and Oscar Mussons from the Asylum Seekers Centre, the Excellence in Volunteer Management award winner.

WINNERS, ALL: 2019 NSW Volunteer of the Year Award winners (left to right) Sherin Fishwick from Dignity Dishes winner of the NSW Volunteer Team of the Year, NSW WINNERS, ALL: 2019 NSW Young Volunteer of the Year Sonia Sharma from MYAN, Volunteer of the Year Bob Fitzgerald, Senior Volunteer of the Year Abla Kadous from the Islamic Womens Welfare Association, and Oscar Mussons from the Asylum Seekers Centre, the Excellence in Volunteer Management award winner.

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It's time to nominate deserving unsung heroes for the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards 2020.

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DROUGHT, bushfires and coronavirus - throughout a harrowing 12 months, unsung community heroes have stood tall: now it's time to recognise them.

Nominations are now open for the Centre for Volunteering's 2020 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards.

"Volunteers stood face to face with the most ferocious fires in our state's history, and are the beating heart of our country towns that continue to battle crippling drought," said Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward.

"They have been critical to our COVID-19 response across the state, providing practical assistance that's enabled so many charities to support the most vulnerable members of our community.

"There has never been a more fitting time to recognise the enormous sacrifice our volunteers make, and no better opportunity to say thank you."

You can nominate your neighbours, colleagues, family members and friends for one of the seven categories: Adult Volunteer, Young Volunteer, Senior Volunteer, Volunteer Team, Corporate Volunteer (individual and team), and Excellence in Volunteer Management.

Centre for Volunteering chief executive Gemma Rygate said more than two million people across the state gave up their time to help others.

"We want this year's awards to be the biggest yet, and I encourage people to get online and nominate someone who has made a difference to their community," Ms Rygate said.

Last year the Centre for Volunteering recognised more than 120,000 volunteers from about 450 organisations as part of the awards, which are supported by the NSW Government and ClubsNSW.

Nominations close on July 3. Details HERE

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