Local volunteers like Bundaberg Library's Pauline Cooper are being celebrated for their commitment to community and their passion for helping others as part of National Volunteer Week.
Pauline has clocked up 20 years with the Friends of the Library, a service which helps with the delivery of books and tapes to housebound residents.
She said it's a role that not only gets her out of the house but also doing what she loves most, talking to people.
“When you talk to people they open up and tell you things and you can be helpful by the listening,” she said.
“That's what I love, just having a chat.”
Pauline said she had a long history with volunteering in the region.
“I joined the library when I came to Bundaberg from Gin Gin where I used to deliver for Meals on Wheels,” she said.
“That was when I was 57 and now I am 77.
“I am still delivering, but now it is books rather than meals!”
Library volunteer role about more than books for Pauline
Pauline said her role as library volunteer was more than just providing books for those who couldn't visit the library.
“It's about books but it is also about providing a bit of companionship and support,” she said.
“Sometimes we sit down and have a chat, which is a very important part of the service.
“We might even bring in the mail or help get the clothes out on the line for those who need that extra bit of support.”
This National Volunteer Week, Pauline reflected on her role and what it meant to her and the community.
“I believe volunteering makes the world go 'round,” she said.
“Our giving spirit is what keeps our community and nation alive.”
Pauline is one of many Bundaberg Regional Council volunteers who this week received recognition for their many years of dedication.
The awardees include:
- Pauline Cooper – Bundaberg Library – 20 years
- Lorraine Kirkman – Bundaberg Library – 15 years
- Madonna Long – Bundaberg Library – 10 years
- Theresa Fyfe – Childers Meals on Wheels – 10years
Acting Mayor Bill Trevor congratulated the awardees and said their passion for helping others was vital in creating a flourishing community.
“National Volunteer Week is a chance to celebrate and recognise the important work of our local volunteers,” he said.
“Volunteers are the heart of our community and their dedication to helping others goes a long way in shaping our region.
“Thank you to those who dedicate their own time to help the Bundaberg Region grow.”
National Volunteer Week 2022
National Volunteer Week is Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteering and runs from 16 to 22 May.
This year's theme is Better Together, showcasing how volunteering brings people together, builds communities and creates a better society for everyone.
Find out more here.