Kia ora e te whānau!
Congratulations on surviving online school, and for those in Tāmaki still at home, hang in there. The SVA team have been busy operating an online grocery service in response to COVID-19 with your support, and now we want to learn all the kinds of volunteering you’ve done in the past three months.
Did you look after a sibling that allowed your parents to have a meeting? Did you do shopping for a neighbour or vulnerable person? Did you do some virtual homework tutoring? Did you support someone having a rough time? These are all types of volunteering that can count towards your SVA Service Award badges. Make sure to log into the SVA app and click the yellow button to LOG your hours.
For those in senior years, you will be thinking about leaving school and starting further education or finding work. Make sure your SVA Summary of Service is up to date and remember to use it along with your CV to showcase the awesome person you are. Download it, email it to yourself and print it! Employers and scholarship officers are twice as likely to employ or select someone with volunteering experience!
Finally, this week is mental health awareness week. Do you know there is a significant link between mental wellbeing and volunteering? Be sure to ask a friend and together get outside and do some volunteering this week to help each other out and feel great about helping your community.
All the best and ngā mihi,
Sam Johnson, SVA Founder