04 December 2006, 15:43
“Volunteers deliver essential services across a huge range of sectors. From health to human rights, everyone in Ireland is affected in some way by the community and voluntary sector,” says Stuart Garland, Chief Executive Officer of Volunteering Ireland.
Reports from the Centre for Non-Profit Management in Trinity College report that over 1.57 million people are volunteering in Ireland and that over 465,625 hours per year is spent Volunteering, while reports for the Joint Committee on Arts, Sport, Tourism, Community Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs state that the contribution of volunteering to the Irish economy in 2002 was at its very least €204 million.
“Organizations rely on volunteers to maintain crucial standards of professionalism and accountability in their work, while operating on extremely small budgets. They safeguard the human quality of our society and enable people to make important connections” says Stuart Garland, Chief Executive Officer of Volunteering Ireland. Volunteering Ireland
is calling on everyone to show their support for volunteers at International Volunteer Day events in their area.