During an International Women’s Day celebration sponsored by the Parkes Quota club in New South Wales, participants learned of trends in Australian volunteerism.
A member of the Nursing Mothers’ Association board, Julie Greig, noted the effects of societal changes on volunteer groups in Australia, where, she said, nearly half of mothers with children under age four work today. The number increases to 72 percent of mothers with children aged 10 or older.
The effect of this social change impacts volunteerism dramatically, compared to previous generations of Australian women. While the actual numbers of volunteers continue to increase throughout the country, the 20- to 30-year-old demographic, which includes most of the young mothers, is virtually non-existent among volunteer ranks.
Quota clubs looking for long-term growth might consider community events to attract young mothers and introduce them to Quota service plus fellowship and fun. The good public relations may plant a seed that will result in a new member in the future—or the glimpse of Quota involvement might encourage immediate results!