Volunteers are often referred to as the glue that holds communities together. Whether it’s volunteering at a hospital, an aged care facility, or the local football club, having members of the community pitch in to create a better society is something we as Australians are proud of.
These ‘unsung heroes’ work tirelessly to help build stronger communities and develop a better quality of life for all within them.
Australian Unity is proud to deliver volunteering programs for our employees, as well as people within the community, who wish to contribute to the development of our society.
Does volunteering make us happier?
According to the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index, curated each year in association with Deakin University, volunteers consistently rank one of the highest in happiness when it comes to full-time and/or part-time work.
Why? Community connection and engagement is important to our sense of wellbeing1. When we are feeling good, we are more likely to contribute to society positively, and a combination of the interaction provided by volunteering and the personal satisfaction achieved can help explain the positive impact on our happiness.