Volunteering – sometimes you really do get more than you give
“At WLF we encourage all our staff to be good contributors to the community” says Stuart Clutterbuck, Partner in Business and Personal Advisory.
“Many of our employees volunteer their time to assist the community. This can take many forms, whether it be as a honorary board member, an ongoing volunteer for an organisation or just volunteering at a particular event.”
Stuart speaks from experience, having been an active member of the Rotary Club of Sandy Bay for over 10 years.
“My time with Rotary has given me an opportunity to contribute to the local and international community in a tangible and fulfilling way” he says. “I have been involved with fundraising nights like our annual quiz night and bowls nights. The funds we’ve raised have provided for clean drinking water to overseas communities, as well a local programs like Rotary Youth Driver Awareness, which is a driver awareness program for grade 10 students.”
“I’m also a volunteer with the Friends of the Botanical Gardens. My wife Nicole and I are both really keen gardeners – in fact we frequently open our own garden to the public. So volunteering our time for the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is something we really enjoy, and it’s nice to be able to give back to a community asset that is not only a popular visitor location but also doing important work in conservation.”
Other WLF team members are involved in their children’s sports programs, sporting associations, in the arts, with organisations seeking to raise funds for worthwhile causes or on the boards of our professional organisations.
The philosophy of contributing to the Tasmanian community is part of the foundation that WLF was built on, and while the approaches have changed the commitment remains the same.
“We recognise that a healthy community requires a board range of skilled people to give up their time to assist the community” says Stuart. “As accountants and advisors, we are making a difference. For myself, the time I give up is rewarded many times over with new friendships, a sense of pride in helping people and an opportunity to develop new skills that can be translated back to my own workplace.”