Perth Archdiocese’s Catholic Social Services WA will celebrate the contributions of its many dedicated volunteers during National Volunteer Week with the release of a new resource. Source: The eRecord.
Held in conjunction with the National Volunteer Week 2021, CSSWA Director Steve McDermott said the Volunteer Handbook will be distributed to Perth parishes on May 17-24.
“This resource lists Catholic agencies of the Archdiocese that provide volunteering opportunities for anyone wishing to get involved in the good works of the Catholic Church.”
This year, the theme for the National Volunteer Week 2021 is ‘Recognise. Reconnect. Reimagine.” This encourages the community to recognise, celebrate and thank volunteers for the vital role they play in making our communities stronger, especially during times of need, crisis or isolation.
Mr McDermott said the volunteering for work in the Catholic social services sphere can provide people a valuable insight into the many problems people face within our community, but also for them to participate in providing valuable service delivery to the disadvantaged within our community and understand the central role Catholic agencies provide in these services.
“Our volunteer hub is open to anyone who would like to volunteer in a Catholic agency or parish whether they are baptised or not, along with permission of each agency or parish,” Mr McDermott cited.
“This ‘openness to persons of good will’ is part of what Pope Francis would call the ‘social friendship’ aspect of the hub, after all was not it ‘social friendship’ that allowed the Good Samaritan of the parable in Luke Gospel to interrupt his journey, change his plans and unexpectedly come to the aid of an injured person who needed help.