32K Euro Allocated To Clare Volunteer Centre

Efforts to promote volunteerism across County Clare have been given a lift following the Government’s allocation of 32,410 euro to the Clare Volunteer Centre.

[UKPRwire, Tue Dec 15 2009] Confirming the funding announcement, Minister of State Tony Killeen T.D. said that the funding would enable the Centre to facilitate members of the public interested in volunteering with local community organisations seeking volunteers.

The Clare Fianna Fail Deputy praised the work of the Clare Volunteer Centre, which is one of 22 centres nationwide receiving funding from the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

He continued: “The Clare Volunteer Centre’s primary function is to match individuals and groups interested in volunteering with appropriate volunteering opportunities and to offer advice and support to volunteers and organisations through a range of services. In addition to placing volunteers, the Clare Volunteer Centre also is actively involved in promoting and raising awareness of the benefits of volunteering through local, regional and national events and in local, regional and national campaigns. At present there are an estimated 500 community and voluntary organisations in County Clare”

Minister of State Killeen said that national figures for 2009 indicated a 100 per cent increase in the number of volunteers registering with Volunteer Centres across Ireland. “This significant increase in registrations underlines the valuable role being played by the network of Volunteer Centres. In these challenging times it is important that dynamic individuals are given the opportunity to make a difference within their communities. The giving of time for others strengthens the fabric of our societies and defines the communities in which we live”, he added.


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