To volunteer is to give of yourself in service to a cause. It is about freely giving your time to help an organization, your community, or an individual. ... To volunteer means to act on behalf of something or someone else. It is done by people with a desire to do good.
National Volunteer Week is coming up from 20-26 June and the theme this year is ‘Recognise. Connect. Reimagine’.
Here at South Alive we will be coming together to “recognise” the amazing work of our volunteers with Mad Hatters Tea Party on 26 June. We have approximately 100 volunteers that give their time and energy to South Alive. There are so many ways they contribute, from being part of one of our action teams, running events, or helping out with odd jobs at The Pod. South Alive would not exist without the amazing efforts of our volunteers so thank you!!
This National Volunteer Week we will be “connecting” by sharing stories of our volunteers on our facebook page and in The Pod. If you don’t already, follow us on facebook www.facebook.com/SouthAlive to learn more about what we do.
And finally, we will “reimagine” what volunteering means by hearing from you! We want to hear what volunteering means to you and what we can do to make you jump out of your chair and sign up to volunteer with us! Send your ideas to us at email@example.com, or pop down to South Alive for a chat.
Community Air Watch Update
Julz Orr (Project Manager) and Colin Anderson (Volunteer) have been out and about in Invercargill installing indoor and outdoor air quality monitors as part of our air quality project with NIWA. The first group of 6 volunteers have finished hosting indoor (HauHau) and outdoor (ODIN) monitors for 3 weeks, and the second round of households are now having the monitors at their properties. It’s not too late to be a part of this project in Winter 2021 you can sign up at www.niwa.co.nz/invercargill. People who sign up will receive an assessment of air quality in their home as well as advice around how it could potentially be improved.
EACH MONTH WE WILL TELL YOU A LITTLE ABOUT OUR SOUTH ALIVE TRUSTEES AND VOLUNTEERS
TRUSTEE - NEEKA AICKEN
I'm Neeka Aicken and have been a trustee with South Alive since 2019. I have an interest in community development and the provision of connection and place to communities and people.
After returning to live in Invercargill in 2018 I was keen to become more involved in my local community and contribute to an organisation that aligned with my interests and South Alive is a great fit. I work as an occupational therapist around the Southland area providing rehabilitation services to people following injury.
I am a part of the housing action team and enjoy being able to be a part of facilitating interesting and inspiring seminars to our community on sustainable and alternative housing options.
THE PANTRY - FUNDRAISING EVENT UPDATE
The Pantry held a fundraising event called - Mai Mai High Tea on 1st May, raising money to help seniors with their power bills, was a great success, raising $1,530 for the cause.
As always, The Pantry & South Alive are deeply grateful for your generosity in supporting the Pay It Forward (PIF) Food Box programme where we distribute boxes of fresh food, mostly via our schools in South Invercargill, to families and others who are otherwise going hungry. So far, the total that you’ve supplied is 336 boxes and $4,884 in cash. We use the cash to buy other fresh food for the boxes e.g. meat & vegetables, and we buy these from local suppliers and charities so your cash donations help local businesses and organisations as well as the families. You can access the PIF programme here https://shop.thepantry.co.nz/product-category/pay-it-forward