“Right from the very beginnings of Trade Aid, the ‘service of others’ given by our volunteers has been the very foundation of our organisation. In fact, back in 1972, it was the combined vision of 10 volunteers who met together to create what we now know as Trade Aid.
All throughout Trade Aid’s operations, our volunteers are an integral part of all we do. From unpacking and checking products arriving into our warehouse, assisting staff in our head office, working in our retail shops, educating about Trade justice within our communities, and providing governance at local and national levels – our volunteers willingly share their time and talents to help us jointly achieve our vision of “a world where trade is fair for all’.
Thank you to our treasured volunteers for all you give and do – we simply couldn’t do without you!”
– Marinda Matthew, Education and Trust Liaison
National Volunteer Week is a celebration close to our hearts at Trade Aid. Over the years, tens of thousands of volunteers have generously contributed their time and energy to Trade Aid. This contribution helps to support Trade Aid’s work with our talented producers around the world.
National Volunteer Week celebrates the 1.2 million Kiwis who volunteer in our communities every year. The theme for 2018 is “Volunteers, The Heart of our Community – By many, the work will be completed, Mā tini, mā mano, ka rapa te whai.” This theme captures the essence of the volunteering spirit and the essential link between volunteers and the communities who benefit from their generosity.
Our trading model is making the world a better place for both producers and consumers and there are many ways you can be a part of this revolutionary change. Anyone can make a difference.