Why volunteer?

Volunteering matters - and is good for you!

Dan Walker, te ao Māori and youth volunteer

Research has found that volunteering significantly relates to better mental and physical health, life satisfaction, self-esteem and happiness.


  • gives you a sense of accomplishment
  • helps you develop new skills
  • benefits the causes you care about
  • connects you to new people
  • is fantastic for your community
Independent research conducted by SEEK Volunteer in 2016 also shows that:
  • 93% of New Zealand employers believe that volunteering is a credible way to get real-work experience
  • 89% of New Zealand employers believe that candidates who have volunteered during university in a role related to their studies have an advantage when it comes to securing relevant paid employment
  • 94% of New Zealand employers agree that volunteering can be a great way to gain experience and skills that can be used in an individual’s paid work.
We’ve also taken the time to talk with our avid volunteers to hear about their volunteering and why it matters.

I believe giving to something bigger than ourselves is a part of our wellbeing. We are all connected to each other and the world.

Dan Walker, te ao Māori and youth volunteer