ELIZABETH Hopkin , a UnitingCare Geelong volunteer coordinator has been selected to be a board member on a state peak body committed to recognise the hard work of volunteers.
With more than 11 years of experience in volunteering, Ms Hopkin began her role as a volunteer coordinator at UnitingCare Geelong in 2010.
She has joined seven other board members as part of Volunteering Victoria, a group committed to lobbying for advocacy, sector development and the promotion of volunteering.
UnitingCare Geelong chief executive officer Des Younghusband welcomed the appointment and said it is a privilege working alongside Ms Hopkin.
“This is a huge honour for Elizabeth,” Mr Younghusband said.
“As a volunteer coordinator – and a representative of a UnitingCare agency – I am thrilled for her and am sure she will be a real asset to Volunteering Victoria.
“She has a wealth of knowledge and experience, particularly relating to regional Victoria, which will serve her well.”
Passionate about the volunteering sector, Ms Hopkin said she enjoys the face-to-face interaction with volunteers.
“I love meeting and engaging with new volunteers and helping them to find a rewarding role that fits with their skills, experience and interest,” Ms Hopkin said.
“At UnitingCare Geelong, we really value our volunteers’ time and effort. It’s important they’re engaging with people and identifying how to tailor any assistance to the needs of others.”
UnitingCare Geelong is fortunate to have a diverse group of more than 400 volunteers undertaking short and long-term roles, including students, people with disabilities, asylum seekers, refugees and retirees.
UnitingCare Geelong is an emergency relief agency that provides practical assistance to 5,500 locals a year who experience financial and personal hardship.