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Matching passion with purpose

Find your perfect role

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Our Location

Kia ora, this centre covers Palmerston North, Manawatū, Horowhenua and Tararua regions. If you are looking for assistance on Dunedin, Waitaki, Oamaru, Invercargill, Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes please click here to be redirected to Volunteer South 


We empower people to achieve the best they can by creating connections to the community, to a purpose, to new opportunities and challenges. We help find new ways to thrive through volunteering.

Support Volunteers 

Working Together

We assist organisations to achieve their goals by developing roles, supporting the recruitment of suitable volunteers, offering training and making relevant information and connections available.

Support Organisations

Business People Applauding

We connect the community through events and activities. We raise awareness about volunteering and we celebrate volunteers through recognition events. We make information available through Social Media, Newsletters, and our website.

Create Opportunities


Social Socks

Thank  you all so much for connecting us with such beautiful people, who simply want to help make a difference. We would certainly not be able to do our work in the local community if it wasn't for them.

MASH Trust

Thank you for this beautiful and heart warming newsletter.  Just love your thinking of inclusion ...something I am passionate about. Great read.

Te Manawa

Just want to say a huge thank you, thank you for arranging the 3 volunteers for me on the the very last minute too. You and your team are Awesome

Blind and Low Vision

Thank you so much for this connection with her. She sounds to have wonderful qualities. We appreciate the wonderful work you do .

Where everything started


Volunteer Resource Centre - Manawatu & Districts (VRC) is a charitable trust established in 2005 to develop a volunteer centre in the region. The doors first opened on 24th June 2010, aiming to connect the community through volunteering. Ten years later, VRC took on the new identity of Volunteer Central to consolidate the direction the centre has taken. In 2022, we continued our development to incorporate and acknowledge our partnership responsibilities in the Treaty of Waitangi, as a result, Whatunga Tūao | Volunteer Central was born.

“No one can do everything,

but everyone can do something”. 

Max Lucado


We'd love to hear from you

06 354 6027

77 King Street, PN

Keen to become a volunteer?

Please submit the form so we can get in touch with you and proceed with your registration. We'll also be able to explain more about the process, opportunities and other resources we have available.



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