Saturday, 28 July 2007


Otautau's population is changing slightly and this could affect its volunteer sector. We've recently experienced a slight increase in our population according to the 2006 census. Yet some volunteer groups are saying that the number of volunteers is down. How can we explain this? Could it be that people are busier or that some are choosing to spend less time volunteering for one specific group?

Otautau relies on its volunteer network for emergency services, recreational programs for children, organised sports events, cultural and heritage programs and other special interests. Many of these groups are also responsible for the maintenance of the buildings they operate from which increases their total costs.

So there is a continual cycle of fundraising to be done every year not to mention hours and hours of committee meetings. It takes a lot of work to keep volunteer groups afloat and responsive to community needs. But as the old saying goes, many hands make light work. So it seems we need to find ways to tap into our increasing population so that we can all share the load.

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