Mon, 30/09/2013

Beyond Bank Australia and Volunteering Australia Join Forces to Build Better Communities.

The three-year partnership between Beyond Bank Australia and Volunteering Australia was launched in Canberra on the 19th of August.

The partnership will underpin key activities including orchestrating national conferences to showcase best practice, implementing a new research program and continuing vital work in advocacy of the voluntary sector.

Beyond Bank Chief Executive Officer Robert Keogh said “Australians are passionate about their communities and Incredibly generous with their time and skills, with research showing they perform more than 700 million hours of unpaid work every year.”

“Volunteers make an incredible contribution to every facet of life, from listening to children read at school, to those who help train guide dogs, plant trees, volunteer in emergency services to those who deliver hot meals to the frail and sick.”

Volunteering Australia Chief Executive Officer, Maureen Cane, said the partnership with Beyond Bank was part of a strategic growth phase.

“The not-for-profit sector contributes more than $43 billion per year to the Australian economy. This surpasses the value of tourism, agriculture or communications and the services and products delivered by these organisations enrich the lives of millions,” Ms Cane said.

“Our role is to provide leadership and to share best practice, knowledge and trends to support the contribution of Australian volunteers. We also work to promote and represent the interests of volunteers at a community and government level.

We are thrilled to have Beyond Bank Australia on board for the next three years and look forward to working with them to build an even brighter nation for all of us.” Ms Cane concluded.