Dirt, dust and poop are part of the deal for volunteers at Edgar’s Mission but they do it with a smile, and they will be celebrated for their hard work during National Volunteer Week: May 18-24.
The much-loved non profit provides a sanctuary for more than 450 rescued farmed animals in Lancefield and founder Pam Ahern says the volunteers are “worth their weight in gold”.
“This year’s theme is ‘Changing Communities, Changing Lives,’ which is certainly true of every volunteer that helps us,” she said.
“Amidst the challenges we’ve faced this year, our volunteers truly have changed the lives of both our animals and our people for the better through their dedication and commitment.”
From those who live locally, to some who live more than two hours away, these incredible volunteers turn up rain, hail or shine to provide much-needed assistance around the 153 acre sanctuary.
For National Volunteer Week, Edgar’s Mission will be honouring their volunteers by sharing some of their personal stories throughout the week in a special series on their Facebook page.
The stories share how volunteering has not only changed the lives of the animals who are being helped, but it makes a positive impact on the lives of the volunteers themselves.
“Volunteering is truly the best feeling, and so rewarding,” shared Ann Bate, who has been helping out for more than seven years.
“Edgar’s Mission is not only a sanctuary for rescued animals, but it is also a sanctuary for myself where I find so much pleasure and happiness.”
While Edgar’s Mission is not currently accepting new volunteers during the COVID-19 restrictions, the team is accepting registrations of interest. To find out more visit edgarsmission.org.au/volunteer