5 December is International Volunteer Day, a United Nations led initiative to show appreciation of all individuals who volunteer their time, energies, and skills to change the world for a better future.
Volunteers make an amazing contribution to New Zealand society, to human rights, faith communities, health, education, sports and recreation, social services, arts and culture, emergency services, the environment and conservation, animal welfare, and community support and development.
We want to use this day to acknowledge the more than 2300 people who volunteer at the CAB. Not only do they volunteer their time to directly help clients, assisting with over 520,000 enquiries last year, but they also devote time and energy to making our organisation run.
It is thanks to their commitment and efforts, that we have been able to gather the evidence needed to produce our Spotlight on CAB clients needing emergency accommodation.
Our report highlights a desperate shortage of emergency accommodation which affects all of New Zealand, leaving vulnerable families to sleep in cars, garages, and on the couches and floors of the already-overcrowded homes of friends and families.
So we say THANK YOU to all CAB volunteers. Your hard work helps us to exert a responsible influence on the development of social policies and services, locally and nationally .