Volunteer Kapiti moves uptown

Relocating to the Otaki Library Supper Room is already having benefits for Volunteer Kapiti's Otaki centre.

Volunteer Kapiti manager Janet Cowper said,
"we moved from the Plunket Rooms during National Volunteer Week (16 to 21 June) to gain higher visibility among the Otaki community. We were delighted at the number of people who called into our new centre on the first day, asking about volunteering opportunities.

"We have a number of Otaki-based organisations already registered with Volunteer Kapiti, and would like to hear from others who have volunteer roles to offer or who are thinking about engaging volunteers to help their services in the community.

"As the Kapiti Coast's only volunteer recruitment service, Volunteer Kapiti is a small team dedicated to helping the people of Kapiti experience the value of volunteering.

"Our organisation introduces them to organisations registered with us, who are looking for volunteers," Janet said.

"Volunteers come from all walks of life; with many and varied reasons for volunteering. Some are returning to work and see volunteering as a way to gain new skills and experiences; others are retired or about to retire. Many people want to contribute to the community and share their skills; or are keen to do something different.

"Otaki people are especially generous with their volunteer activities, in sport, health, welfare and many other sectors of the community. They bring diversity, personality, history and experiences to their role; offering connections within the local community and their whanau."

The Otaki centre is open on Wednesdays from 10am to 2pm when people can call into talk to Otaki coordinator Jane Fodgen about volunteering opportunities.