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Has COVID-19 changed the landscape of volunteering forever? Andrea Riddell investigates what volunteering means in a socially distanced world.

[caption id="attachment_377066" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]The future of volunteering At OzHarvest, volunteers aren’t just a part of the workforce, they are the workforce.[/caption]

This article was originally published in November 2020.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it affected not only how we worked but also how we spent our non-work hours. Without the daily commute (well, more of a shortened commute from bedroom to study) and limited extracurricular activities to occupy ourselves, we had more time on our hands. Many employees were stood down, made redundant, or given reduced hours and pay while still looking for a way to stay connected to work and continue to use their skills and experience.

The pandemic has also brought on a desire to be more altruistic, to roll up our sleeves and do our bit at a time when we feel helpless and lacking control. 

Capitalising on this winning combination of more time and a willingness to help out was not, however, a walk in the park. Charities had to consider…
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