Volunteer Week 2020 is the biggest and most organised voluntary event in Ireland and, in a word, amazing.
Volunteers will be offered help in all sorts of ways from cleaning the local parks to helping with the elderly and disabled to providing food for hungry families.
The event is being run by the Irish Wildlife Trust, the Irish National Wildlife Federation and the Irish Environment Protection Agency.
There will be three days of volunteering at each park, with an additional day of volunteer training for those who do not have a park job.
Voluntary organisations are allowed to organise volunteer work for their community, provided they have a local network and can find volunteers who will help with the day’s tasks.
The organisers say the aim is to reach out to as many people as possible.
Volunted helpVolunteering is not new in Ireland.
In 2014, a national report on volunteering and the environment found that just over one in 10 people in the Republic of Ireland have a job.
However, the report found that one in three people in Ireland were volunteering in some form.
Voluntouring is a social activity that takes place in many places, with volunteers helping with a range of tasks including helping with road repairs, helping with rubbish collection, caring for animals and caring for sick or injured people.
Volulturing in Ireland has also been seen as an alternative to going to the job market, with young people volunteering at the workplace, and others volunteering at home.
In Ireland, there are some 16,000 volunteer jobs available, with almost two-thirds of those coming from the private sector.