PSO volunteers contribute over 36,000 hours to Otago communities

Presbyterian Support Otago (PSO) relies on the generous support of over 600 volunteers throughout the Otago area, to deliver more than twenty community programmes to almost 10,000 people.  

We are so grateful to our volunteers who support us in providing positive social change in the region.

PSO Chief Executive, Gillian Bremner, said volunteers play a key role in the success of the organisation.

"We are fortunate to have so many talented and generous volunteers. Their contribution is essential for our services, and in achieving our broader vision of fair, just, and caring communities,” Ms Bremner said.

“PSO volunteers contribute in many ways through their collective 36,400 hours of service every year. They are central to our Buddy Programme, Shop On charity shops, YouthGrow, Club Enliven, Visiting Volunteers, and the Family Works foodbank, to name a few.”

The organisation has a proud history of valuing volunteer contributions. Being selected as the regional winner of the Trustpower volunteer award in 2016, reinforces that volunteers are a valued and integral part of the team.

“Our volunteers contribute their time to support our mission, so it is our priority to make sure their contribution is acknowledged in unique and special ways,” said Ms Bremner.

Marcella Schouten is one of PSO’s generous Buddy programme volunteers, who connects with a young buddy once a week. “I'm not going to change the world, but with what I do, I change her world,” she said.

PSO extends a sincere thank you to everyone around the country that volunteers – you are all inspirations.

Meet some of our volunteers:

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Marcella sml  Marcella Schouten

MarianRoss sml  Marian Ross

JohnMeek sml  John Meek