Pictured at the launch of Volunteer Ireland's Pre Budget Submission in Buswell's Hotel, Dublin is Deirdre Mc Nicholas, South Dublin County Volunteer Centre, Yvonne McKenna (CEO of Volunteer Ireland) and Eamonn Maloney TD.
The report, entitled 'Supporting Volunteering Will Help Ireland Weather Recession', outlines the impact and value of volunteering in Ireland. So far this year, over 1400 people have been supported to volunteer by South Dublin County Volunteer Centre, 55% had never volunteered before. Nationwide, volunteers registered in 2012 with Volunteer Ireland and local Volunteer Centres have clocked up over 366,610 hours at an equivalent economic value of over €8,032,000.
Tricia Nolan (Manager of South Dublin County Volunteer Centre) said "We are calling on the Government to continue investing in volunteering for the countless benefits it brings to Irish society, economically and socially, and due to the crucial role volunteering can play in improving our response to recession and ensuring our emergence from it as a better society."