A number of City staff recently joined Salvation Army personnel to assist in relocating the Op Shop to new premises at the corner of Read Street and Willmott Drive, Cooloongup.
Helping the Salvation Army Op Shop move was part of a pilot program to introduce the Corporate Volunteering Program, which is an initiative from the City’s Volunteering Strategy 2016-2022.
City of Rockingham CEO Andrew Hammond said the pilot program was a great success and has set an example he hoped more of the corporate sector would follow.
“Assisting the Salvation Army move to new premises showed the value corporate volunteering can provide to recipients, employers and employees alike,” Mr Hammond said. “City staff enjoyed the opportunity to support an organisation that traditionally does so much to help vulnerable people in the area.”
“Not-for-profit organisations benefit by having an instant workforce available for specific roles such as a move or clean up; business has the opportunity to engage with the community and the employees have the satisfaction of assisting a worthwhile cause and having a change to their normal work environment in an informal and often fun atmosphere. Employees also have the opportunity to meet new people from within the organisation which will help build relationships and provide opportunities for future collaboration.
“Volunteering plays a crucial part in community life – it builds stronger and more resilient communities, while the cost saving means sporting bodies, emergency services, aged care and youth organisations and a raft of other not-for-profit organisations can operate more effectively.
“The City of Rockingham is fortunate to have a strong volunteering spirit and the most recent Volunteering Strategy, which includes the Corporate Volunteering Program, will enhance the social and economic aspects of our region.”
Photo: Staff members from the City of Rockingham volunteered to help the Salvos relocate to new premises.