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Volunteer of the Quarter

United Way Australia is proud to work alongside some fantastic volunteers from the community and the business sector. It’s their skills, passion and enthusiasm that makes all the difference when it comes to changing lives and building stronger communities.

Each quarter we recognise one outstanding volunteer who has gone above and beyond in their effort to support our work and the community.


Volunteer-of-the-Q--Jose Name: Jose Romagnoli
Organisation: Atlassian
Position: United Way Volunteer (UX Designer)

Volunteering gives me a way to engage with my community and contribute on social issues that make big differences to people’s lives.” – Jose Romagnoli

We believe business has an important role to play in working with community and for-purpose organisations to improve education and employment outcomes for young people.

That’s one of the reasons why we jumped at the chance to put Jose’s technical skills to immediate use in supporting our youth employment initiatives. So far, Jose has dedicated countless hours to improving our Transition to Work Toolkit, a critical resource designed to inspire and engage students in potential career paths.

Bringing his expertise in user experience and online engagement, Jose has been invaluable in helping us enhance our online toolkit, making recommendations to improve user interaction and engagement, and ultimately, giving it the greatest chance of usage and success. Thanks to Jose’s support, we are confident that our Transition to Work toolkit, which contains years of best practise working with schools, will achieve widespread adoption as an effective and vital resource by Career’s Advisors throughout Australian high schools.

Thank you, Jose, for joining us in creating impact for more young Australians!

As a small for purpose organisation determined to achieve big community goals, volunteers like Jose play a vital role in our work. If Jose sounds like someone you know – willing to donate time and skills to the greater good – we’d love to hear from you!

November 2016

Name: Keya Maru
Occupation: Student at University of NSW
Position: United Way Australia Volunteer

keya-volunteerShe’s only been with us for a relatively short time, but we already can’t imagine life in the office without volunteering superstar Keya Maru.

Since joining us 3 months ago, Keya’s role has grown from supporting United Way Australia’s Volunteer team to working with the Partnerships team on our Gift of Reading campaign, lending her research skills, and putting her problem-solving and logistics skills to the test in supporting the planning and delivery of our School Ball fundraiser.

Keya is a great example of someone who can see both the value volunteering brings to the community, and also the opportunities it presents for students about to enter the world of work. She has risen to every challenge and opportunity thrown her way, and witnessing her own professional and personal growth through these experiences has been inspiring.

I enjoy volunteering because I feel like I can utilise my skills and knowledge to help the community. Volunteering not only lets me help people, but it also gives me the opportunity to learn new skills and gain more knowledge.

Gaining experience of working in an organisation like United Way has been great and I feel like I have learnt a lot. Making a difference to a person’s life and creating a long lasting impact in any way possible is definitely one of the reasons why I choose to be a volunteer. Meeting new people from various backgrounds and working with the staff and volunteers at United Way has been amazing too!” Keya.

Thank you, Keya, for the incredible contribution you’ve made to our organisation, and to the communities we work with.

MAY 2016

Volunteer of the Quarter May 2016Name: Alexandra Tzortzis
Occupation: Project Coordinator for the Executive Office at Johnson and Johnson Medical 
Position: United Way Australia Volunteer

“I love the spirit of community and reciprocity in the experience! Connecting with other volunteers and the community in a way that helps shape our future is very rewarding.”

From day one, Alex has demonstrated genuine passion, commitment and drive in supporting United Way’s Macquarie Park Business Community Partnership. From her first volunteering day at an early childhood event to stepping up to become a Working Group member (each company involved in the partnership nominates one staff member to help drive the initiative) representing Johnson and Johnson, Alex has continued to go above and beyond!

Alex is a great example of how to incorporate social responsibility into our day to day lives. Not only does she volunteer formally on behalf of her company – supporting high school transition to work mentoring days and early literacy days – she is mindful of ways to leverage her networks to increase her community impact. Alex recently facilitated a connection with Macquarie University, who are now working to better understand our organisation’s training and development needs.

She’s often the first there and last to leave, rallies support within her company and other businesses, and welcomes new members to the business community partnership. She is a delight to work with and is infectious. The greatest gift her involvement brings is the rapport she is able to build with students and community members. What an advocate, what a volunteer! Thank you, Alex.


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