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Volunteers form the lifeblood of many communities and it is important to recognize their efforts. Volunteering can be ongoing or provided for a project of a specified duration and in either case it is important to demonstrate that these efforts were appreciated.

This afternoon Eastern Volunteers held a recognition afternoon for the volunteers that assisted in gift wrapping over Christmas. The project, which was a partnership with Eastland Shopping Centre, involved volunteers wrapping gifts in exchange for a donation.

Eastern Volunteers recruited volunteers who were able to provide the service over a two-week period. These efforts raised over $5000 with Eastland receiving extremely positive feedback from the partnership.

The recognition function provided the opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of these volunteers, as well as the involvement of Eastland Shopping Centre in providing this initiative.

Projects like the Christmas gift wrapping highlight the partnerships that can be formed between volunteers, community organisations and businesses, as well as how volunteers can make a difference within their community.

In working with volunteers it is always important to remember recognizing their efforts. The Eastern Volunteers gift wrapping afternoon tea is an example of how this recognition can be achieved.

Alex Makin

Author Alex Makin

In a career spanning over fifteen years, Alex has been instrumental in transforming, reinvigorating and growing the capacity of businesses and not-for-profit organisations. He is a visionary who understands the big picture. Alex's expertise is a Certified Practising Marketer and as Chair of the Victorian State Council of the Australian Marketing Institute. Alex is also an accomplished speaker, author and mentor and former Mayor and Councillor for the City of Maroondah.

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