Do You Want to Make a Real Difference?
Environmental volunteering supported by your workplace or school is a great way to help protect the natural environment, give back to the community, and enjoy time outdoors with colleagues, family and friends.
Elevate Your Impact supports businesses and schools to participate in environmental volunteering in the Northern Agricultural Region (NAR) of Western Australia.
Staff and students are provided with opportunities to spend time immersed in nature while also learning new skills. Community groups (such as Coastcare, ‘Friends of’ and other groups that care for the local environment) consequently benefit from much needed assistance and resources. Similarly, the local environment receives a boost as a result of increased care and attention.
Local community groups benefit in the following ways:
- Provision of equipment and resources, and hence increased capacity to undertake on-ground works
- Access to much needed assistance via environmental volunteering, therefore reducing the strain on core volunteers
- Help with event planning, logistics and promotion
- Information resources and technical support that promote best practice outcomes
Businesses benefit due to:
- Opportunities for you to ‘get out of the office’ and undertake environmental volunteering
- Assistance to contribute to the local environment
- Ability to make a real difference and connect with the community
- Importantly, spending enjoyable time with colleagues doing something meaningful has positive team building outcomes
- Recognition and promotion of your participation, including photos, media releases, Facebook and Twitter posts and certificates of appreciation – because your help is important and we want to recognise and share this!
- Workplace volunteering has also been shown to improve staff satisfaction and productivity
Benefits to schools include:
- Exposing students to new knowledge and skills, therefore providing engaging learning outcomes
- Assistance organising events
- Forming and strengthening connections with the local community
- Environmental volunteering opportunities for students
- Awareness and education about the environment and natural resource management (NRM)
- Opportunities to align with the Australian Curriculum, including the Sustainability cross-cutting priority.
If you would like to find out what environmental volunteering opportunities are available and how these can be tailored to suit your objectives, please contact NRM Project Manager, Sarah Samulkiewicz-Taylor.