Give Happy, Live Happy

This National Volunteer Week, the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) celebrates and acknowledges the generous contribution of our regions’ volunteers.

National Volunteer Week, run from 8-14 May 2017, is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers.

Volunteering with NACC provides the opportunity to learn new skills, network with other people interested in natural resource management, and to be involved in caring for the environment within the Northern Agricultural Region (NAR).

NACC recognises that in the community of the NAR are proactive in supporting our natural resources, and is committed to their engagement, participation and collaboration on all suitable projects in the region.

Involving more volunteers in NRM, assists to improve the biodiversity, coastal and agricultural outcomes of  the region’s ecosystems, and also strengthening social and economic outcomes across the region.

NACC CEO Richard McLellan said volunteers were a key part of our community.

“NACC continues to engage and partner with our volunteers who invest a lot of time and effort towards the achievement of great environmental outcomes in the NAR.

Volunteers are involved in many on-ground activities run by NACC in our region for example tree planting days, revegetation work and beach clean-ups.

We want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your hard work and dedication – every little bit helps.”

Research shows volunteers live happier and healthier lives. So, enjoy your volunteering and all the benefits that come with it!

Thank you volunteers for helping make the Midwest a great place to live, work and play!


  • Volunteers are happier, healthier and sleep better than those who don’t volunteer – doctors should recommend it!
  • 96% of volunteers say that it “makes people happier”.
  • 95% of volunteers say that volunteering is related to feelings of wellbeing.
  • Volunteering results in a “helper’s high,” a powerful physical and emotional feeling experienced when directly helping others.
  • Just a few hours of volunteer work makes a difference in happiness and mood.
  • Sustained volunteering is associated with better mental health.
  • Volunteering is highly associated with greater health and happiness.

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