Student volunteering all about community

By Adam Pearse

With Student Volunteer Week taking place this May, one student volunteer reminds us how important it is to give back.

Renee Murphy, who studies extramurally, has held multiple volunteer positions for organisations like the Guardian, Cancer Society, Palmerston North Parent Centre, and Palmy Parent Magazine.

Murphy says the reason she volunteers is to be close to her community and to keep productive. She says it’s also a great opportunity for interaction.

“It’s about being part of the community and doing something constructive out there but as a mum, it was really about the social interaction.

“Getting out there and being able to meet with other adults have adult conversations and just building up my contacts,” she says. “You do meet so many different people from different backgrounds and I think that’s what keeps it really interesting.”

She feels the more volunteering students can get done, the more beneficial it will be for their’ CVs.

“I think it’s really great to be able to put something on your CV. It shows employers that you’ve got a bit of ‘get up and go’ and you’re willing to get out there and put yourself forward really.”

Murphy sees op shops as a great choice for students to volunteer but says that there is something for everyone.

“There are so many op shops around town that need a helping hand. They wouldn’t be able to run without volunteers doing all the bits and pieces behind the scenes. I do think there is something for everyone. If you’ve got a clear interest and you can share that with the Volunteer Resource Centre, they’ll be able to find something for you.”

If you are interested in volunteering in Palmerston North, contact Norelle Ward of the Volunteer Resource Centre at

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