Volunteer initiative serving up good deeds again in 2018

Date posted: 4 October 2018

Sports clubs, community groups and other local organisations are set for a major boost this month thanks to the 2018 instalment of the pioneering CityServe initiative.

The concept sees Lake Macquarie City Council link church groups and other volunteers with local organisations needing a helping hand to get various jobs done.

Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Kay Fraser, said since launching in Lake Macquarie in 2013, volunteer groups involved in CityServe had undertaken more than $500,000 worth of work.

“Over the past four years we’ve seen everything from gardens planted in community child care centres to change sheds painted for local sports clubs,” Cr Fraser said.

“Some of the jobs are relatively small, others are quite significant, but they all have one thing in common. They make our city a better place for everyone.

“Initiatives like this help build our community, not just in the tangible sense but in the way they strengthen social bonds and show what can be done when we all work together for the greater good.”

CityServe Chairman Rick Prosser said the aim was simple: to make a great contribution to the community in a collaborative way.

“When people do something for someone else, something stirs within them. It gives them more energy in life,” Mr Prosser said.

“CityServe works to capitalise on that. It’s a case of seeing a need, and simply going out and meeting that need. People give their time, energy and resources to serve others – particularly those doing it tough.”

What began as a local initiative is gaining traction further afield, with CityServe now active in Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Maitland, Port Macquarie, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

Local projects earmarked for this year’s instalment include improvements to Toronto Community Child Care Centre, relocating seating at Barnsley Football Club and gardening at Warners Bay High School.

People interested in volunteering and organisations wishing to register their projects for consideration can go to cityserve.com.au.

Article by Lake Macquarie City Council

Page last updated: 4 October 2018