Volunteering creates an opportunity for you to make a difference in your community, connect with your neighbours, be involved in your neighbourhood and share your skills with others. You will gain a great deal of satisfaction from making a difference! You can volunteer in an area that interests you, learn new skills, meet new people and add variety to your work experience.
Around 4.4 million Australians make a difference in their local community by volunteering each year, doing a wide range of tasks for a wide range of non-profit organisations. If you are interested in volunteering, contact one of the listed agencies or follow-up on the opportunities we have listed below.
Victorian Red Cross Youth Advisory Committee
Are you passionate and motivated to make a difference? Australian Red Cross is looking for Victorian young people aged 15-25 years with a ‘can do’ attitude and a willingness to make a difference in their local community.
2010 Generate Volunteer Program
Looking to volunteer? In 2010 you can be part of a team of like minded energetic individuals and create real change in your local community and the developing world. If you’re under 26, Generate is your platform to advocate, fundraise and campaign on behalf of the worldwide movement to eradicate extreme poverty.
Generate is a unique personal development program run by the Oaktree Foundation that exposes young
people to the aid and development sector through active campaigning.
As a Generator, you will attend weekly sessions that develop your practical skills and train you to be an
effective agent of change. Generate is specifically designed to give new volunteers the chance to make
a meaningful contribution, without having to commit all of their time or have specialist skills.
Round 3 applications close Saturday 28 February 2010!
For more information or to visit The Oaktree website.
Enterprising young people wanted
Do you love volunteering your time to share your skills and pass on your experiences to others? If you are running your own business or you are active in your community, and this sounds like something you are interested in, Youth 2 Youth would love to hear from you! You will be added to their database and they'll contact you if they have events/workshops that they would like you to speak at in your State. You should have great communication skills to help get your message across.
For more information visit the Frank Team website.
Overseas Volunteer Project
Have you ever dreamt of volunteering overseas? Join up, help organise charitable based projects and fund raisers aimed to make a difference in the lives of those in need.
For more information or an application form phone Chloe on 9848 5400.
Pole to Pole leadership institute
The Pole to Pole Leadership Institute is a project that aims to inspire, connect and empower young people around the globe to confront the issues of today. Through Pole to Pole you will gain several outstanding opportunities. You could work on several charitable projects and programs happening all over the world. Join the team and become part of the experience!
For more information visit Pole to Pole website.
Green Corps - Young Australians for the Environment - is an Australian Government youth development and environmental training program for young people aged between 17 and 20 years. Green Corps provides young people with the opportunity to volunteer your time and effort to conserve, preserve and restore Australia's natural environment and cultural heritage.
For more information visit the Green Corps website.
Are you able to help your community by supporting the counsellors of the Gay and Lesbian Switchboard Victoria? They are currently seeking volunteers for a number of non-counselling roles.
St John Volunteer Programs
St John offers a variety of Volunteer programs throughout Australia and is always looking to grow their memberships.
For more information visit the St John Volunteer website.
CFA Junior Volunteers Development Program
The Junior Volunteer Development Program (JVDP) is a youth development program run by CFA volunteers that provides a wide variety of safe, enjoyable and challenging activities for young people aged 11 to 16.
The Junior Volunteer Development Program supports brigades in conducting the program by providing youth development training for leaders, first aid level 1 courses for juniors, funding for activities and excursions, and polo shirts, caps and overalls for all junior participants.
For further information, contact your local CFA Area office.
Eltham CFA Junior Volunteers
A social, recreational and skill development program for young people aged 11-15 years. Starts March 2010
For more information phone Sarah 0431 245 196 or David 0408 198 951.
I Can Do That!
I Can Do That! Victoria's volunteering portal is an online community and information resource for Victorian volunteers and volunteering organisations. It's a website that aims to inform, support and inspire everyone involved in volunteering by providing:
- Information about how, where and why to volunteer
- Information, tools and resources for volunteer managers, coordinators and others involved in running volunteer organisations.
- Opportunities to share stories, recognise achievements, give feedback and learn through other volunteers
- Online tools to help share knowledge, pool resources and build an online community of volunteers and volunteer organisations
Find a place to volunteer
If you're interested in volunteering but you don't know where to start, the I Can Do That volunteer matching tool can help you find organisations near you that are looking for volunteers. You can specify the areas that you're interested in, from youth to arts and from politics to sport and everything in-between and the matching tool will come up with a list of organisations that are looking for the skills that you've got to offer.
For more information visit the I Can Do That! website.