Giving some TLC on IVD!
04 December 2003

Dublin: Tomorrow, Friday 5 December, is United Nations International Volunteer Day. To mark the day, Volunteering Ireland, the national centre for volunteering, will officially launch its TLC© or Time Limited Commitment © service. This provides opportunities for individuals who wish to devote some of their precious spare time to voluntary work which is once-off and involves no long-term commitment. Not-for-profit organisations can make use of this pool of people to undertake much-needed, short-term work. The service is brokered by Volunteering Ireland. Everyone is a winner.

Sandra Velthuis, Chief Executive Officer of Volunteering Ireland, says:

Our lives are increasingly busy with work, travel, family and leisure pursuits. Research shows that the most common reason for not volunteering is lack of time, yet 65% of people who do not currently volunteer on a regular basis say they would be wiling to devote some of their spare time to voluntary work. Volunteering Ireland has commenced the TLC© service to meet their needs and currently has nearly 800 volunteers on its Dublin register.

The Drama League of Ireland is a regular user of the service and finds it invaluable. Project Officer Dara Carolan quotes one example:

When we had an urgent request to have 50 volunteers with drama experience to assist with festivities at the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics, a remarkable 22 suitable experienced people responded instantly to the request put out by Volunteering Ireland on our behalf.

Vikki Climo is one of the TLC© volunteers. She has made costumes for the Ballally Players and has assisted with Leopardstown Lions Club dinners for people who are alone on Christmas Day. She neatly sums it up:

There is no better satisfaction than the few spare minutes I can offer which can help those that need it.

Volunteering Ireland was set up in 1997 to promote, support and facilitate voluntary action of all kinds.

This page can found at: http://www.worldvolunteerweb.org/browse/countries/ireland/doc/giving-some-tlc-on.html