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Volunteers add value in Knox

Volunteers make a significant different to the Knox community everyday.

In celebrating National Volunteers Week, Council thanks the 300+ volunteers that work with Council staff to deliver many services including meals on wheels, gardening and planting in local parks and reserves and working at key events including Carols by Candlelight, Knox Festival and Stringybark. 

Noel Addicoat, who was named Knox Senior Citizen of the Year earlier this year, has been volunteering with Meals on Wheels for 19 years.

“The meals are important but the human contact is so much more important because there are a lot of people out there who have no family and the volunteers are the only people they see,” he says.

We would also like to acknowledge and thank the volunteers who work with other organisations in the community.
Knox’s volunteer resource centre, Volunteer for Knox (V4K), has been awarded Council Community Partnership Funding until 2026. The group helps prospective volunteers find opportunities and local community groups to recruit volunteers.

Manager Sally Dusting-Laird says over the past year more than 1300 people have expressed interest in volunteering positions.

“We referred 196 Knox volunteers to some of our 156 registered organisations,” she says.

“They contributed 61,152 hours to the City of Knox with the value of their volunteering worth more than $2.56 million.

Volunteer groups can access support through the annual Community Development Fund, with grants up to $20,000 available to community groups and not-for-profit organisations. Applications open 29 May. 

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