twentyfour: merry christmas, happy holidays & a wonderfully good new year!
By MAS Team | 24 December 2019
And that's a wrap - 24 days of good deeds! If you're now keen to go out and volunteer a little of your time yourself but don't know what to do or which organisation to help (there are so many!) you can read up on all #masforgood advent calendar experiences below. If you're a keen baker, you could join Good Bitches Baking; if you love gardening, the amazing team over at Wellington Riding for the Disabled always needs a helping hand; tired and exhausted parents appreciate the volunteers at Ronald McDonald Houses all through the country, and a lot of us probably are eligible to donate blood, so why not do that?
Whatever you do, your time and effort really make a difference in the lives of others and our teams all really enjoyed their 'Here for Good' days. Have a wonderful rest of the year and here's to a good 2020!
Day one of our #masforgood advent calendar: Wellington Shoebox Christmas delivers Christmas presents, contained within a shoebox, to kids who might otherwise go without on Christmas Day. Read all about Tracey's 'Here for Good' experience behind the link!
Wanted: Toy donations for newborns and teenagers!
In 2018 The Wellington City Mission provided gifts for 2,100 children and distributed food and gifts to 44 community services agencies at Christmas time. This year the mission expects to help even more. If you are able to donate toys (especially for newborns and teenagers) the mission team would be really grateful! Read all about it here.
It's day three and our Christchurch branch team has been busy helping out with the Canterbury Charity Hospital and their Christmas gala, an annual event to help raise funds for Cantabrians in need. Read more...
It's day five of our #masforgood advent calendar but more importantly, it's also International Volunteer Day! A big fat thank you to all volunteers out there - our beautiful country would look a lot different without you and we're grateful for everything you do.
And today's special thank you goes to Allie and Priya who collected donations for the Wellington Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Our Exec team is in on it, too! On day seven of our #masforgood advent calendar the Executive Team took the opportunity to team up with Wellington City Council and planted native trees to combat climate change and protect our NZ natives.
It's day nine of our #masforgood advent calendar and today we learn how much effort and how many volunteers it takes to keep Petone beach clean and weed-free. Read all about Colin's experience behind the link.
"We really felt we were making a difference to them and everyone was so appreciative of just the little things such as having a clean car. It put into perspective how fragile life can be and made us appreciate the people we have in ours more."
What takes only a couple of minutes, gets you a biscuit, and saves lives? That's right: donating blood.
On day eleven of our #masforgood advent calendar, we join Phillippa who is a regular donor and explains how the whole thing works. Spoiler alert: it's really easy and you can book appointments through an app!
"I learnt that every little bit of time and effort you can invest to help or benefit others isn't wasted. No matter how little or how much you or anyone else does. It matters. I also learnt that 'people watching' is pretty fun and Wellingtonians have a pretty cool sense of style."
It's day seventeen of our #masforgood advent calendar, and Ryan from our IT Business Analysts team helped The Wellington City Mission clean up an abandoned building that they plan to convert into housing for our homeless.
On day 20 of this year's #masforgood advent calendar, Michael ventured out to clean up his favourite beach. Here's how that went:
"Some people can still be careless with leaving their rubbish behind, but there is a growing awareness and I feel things are getting better."
If you're keen to clean, get in touch with the amazing folks over at Petone Beach Clean Up Crew!
On day 21 of our #masforgood advent calendar, Alanah had to think outside the box if she wanted to help HUHANZ without leaving our Member Support Centre understaffed for the day. Here's how she pulled it off!
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