Mayo Volunteer Centre is receiving 20 volunteers per day, with people coming forward to offer their help during the COVID-19 crisis.
With the surge in the number of volunteers, Mayo Volunteer Centre is calling on any established voluntary groups in Mayo who need assistance to contact them. They will then connect them with the bank of new volunteers, who want to provide support to those voluntary groups during these challenging times.
Mayo Volunteer Centre is a charitable organisation which was established to support the network of volunteers and volunteer services across the county. They work with voluntary groups throughout Mayo including Western Care, Mayo Mental Health, the Over 55s Club, St. Vincent de Paul, the Order of Malta and the Federation of Victim Assistance.
With more and more people wishing to support their communities and to help out during this crisis, they are contacting the Mayo Volunteer Centre and offering to assist wherever it may be needed.
Speaking about the surge in volunteers, Mayo Volunteer Centre Manager, Kathy Rowland said, “It is amazing to see how many people are keen to roll up their sleeves and get involved at this time of need. They want to play their part in help out during the COVID-19 crisis.
“Since the gravity of the situation became clear, our offices have received an ongoing stream of people coming forward to volunteer. They know that this crisis is going to put a lot of pressure on existing voluntary groups, charitable organisations and community projects. They know how important the work of these various bodies is and how the contribution made by these organisations will be needed like never before during the weeks and months to come.
“The result is that we now have a growing, vibrant bank of volunteers, all keen to help out where they can. That is why we are calling on any established voluntary groups, community projects, charitable organisations from across Mayo to contact us if they could use more volunteers.
“Unfortunately every organisation in the country is likely to feel the impact of this virus in the period ahead. So we would encourage all groups who think they may need additional volunteers, either now or in the time to come, to contact us. These volunteers are only too willing to help out and we want to make sure their support is put to the best possible use,” Ms. Rowland concluded.
Any organisations who are seeking additional volunteers should register through the Mayo Volunteer Centre website – www.volunteermayo.ie Individuals who would like to volunteer can also register through that website or they can call the centre directly on (096 ) 71444.