Last Friday at 12:30pm sharp Presbyterian Support staff in their Christchurch office stopped what they were doing to hand write almost 300 Thank You cards for volunteers around the upper South Island. The cards, reading “Volunteers aren’t paid…because they’re priceless”, were also addressed by hand.
“We couldn’t achieve all that we do without our volunteers,” says Vaughan Milner, PSUSI Chief Executive. “This year we wanted to demonstrate that every person in every corner of this organisation values and respects the time volunteers donate to our clients, and their positive impact.”
The PSUSI team chose handwritten cards because in 2018 receiving a personal letter by mail is relatively rare. “It’s almost a lost art,” says Vivienne Wallace, PSUSI Communications Advisor. “If the claims of illegible handwriting and hand cramps on Friday are to be believed, anyway!” Employees in roles as varying as finance, social work, psychology, and IT all took part.
Presbyterian Support relies heavily on volunteers for its Enliven day programmes for seniors: Minivan drivers and assistants help transport seniors to the programmes, while other volunteers socialise, serve meals, and join in activities at the programmes themselves. In the Family Works service group, volunteers serve as mentors to children and young people.
Last year 297 volunteers in the upper South Island donated over 32,409 hours to Presbyterian Support.