Volunteer Stories

Volunteers share their personal journeys in volunteering 

Volunteering at ACES (Aboriginal Community Elders Service)

This story is from Dimi  Bouzalas, a volunteer with Aboriginal Community Elders Service (ACES). For me, volunteering at ACES, an organisation...

Sailors with disABILITIES put volunteers on the high seas

It’s a sunny and warm day in Melbourne and a class of students with disabilities is about to embark...

Caring Mums Program

Mums paired with volunteer ‘Caring Mums’ for support

Why is becoming a mum often an emotionally charged time for women? For new mums, things are suddenly no...

Peter
Doyle

Volunteering for Inclusion

Volunteering to solve problems is Peter's Passion.

Alex
Rixon-Booth

From student volunteer to major events entrepreneur

National Student Volunteer Week annually recognizes the enormous volunteer support to communities given by students.

Volunteers help young refugees to make Australia home

Starting life in a new country can be a challenge, but a volunteer can make it easier for young refugees...

Cass Jones on YRIPP: “Young people are grateful I’ve turned up to support them”

Volunteers at the Youth Referral and Independent Person Program (YRIPP) support young people being interviewed by police. YRIPP volunteers...

Day 12

Twelve Days of Volunteering: It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

International Volunteers day 2016’s theme #globalapplause– give volunteers a hand, recognising volunteers worldwide and all they do in making...

Day 11

Twelve Days of Volunteering: Put a little love in your heart!

Volunteering Victoria is the peak body for volunteering in Victoria. Through our dynamic and transformative leadership we will promote...

Day 10

Twelve Days of Volunteering: Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree how lovely are your branches

OC Connections, formerly known as the Oakleigh Centre has been in operation since 1950. It started with a group...

Day 9

Twelve Days of Volunteering: New gathering space brings big benefits

Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association (HICSA) provides a range of vital services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...

Day 8

Twelve Days of Volunteering: Hark the herald Angels sing …Glory to the CBM Volunteers!

CBM International works in 63 countries around the world to transform lives. It was established in 1908 by German...

Day 7

Twelve Days of Volunteering: We need a little volunteering!

For many a day at the beach is a regular part of summer in Australia.  But, for so many...

Day 6

Twelve Days of Volunteering: Sleigh Rides for Santa and L2P Program in Ballarat

“United Way Ballarat has been active in the local community for over 30 years. We raise money from local...

Day 5

Twelve Days of Volunteering: O come, all ye faithful Volunteers!

Patricia Vanschyndel, initially started volunteering when she was in primary school for the Friends of Moe and District Handicap...

Day 4

Twelve Days of Volunteering: Do they know it’s Christmas time?

Community Support Frankston originally commenced as a citizen’s advice bureau 48 years ago, similar to many grass roots community...

Day 3

Twelve Days of Volunteering: Joy to the world and good health for all people from LaTrobe Community Health Services

Latrobe Community Health Service is one of Australia’s fastest growing health services.

Day 2

Twelve Days of Volunteering: God Rest Ye Merry Volunteer

Interchange Gippsland provides innovative and flexible support to people with disabilities.

Day 1

Twelve Days of Volunteering: Passions that leads to our youth, shooting for the stars!

Brett’s love of basketball led him to coach and volunteer at many clubs over the years. He was eight years...

Boroondara Cemetery

Volunteering with one foot in the grave

Volunteering in the local community can bring neighbours together and enhance community connections. Sometimes these volunteers contribute their time...

Royal Botanic Garden (Melbourne)

Volunteers with ‘green’ fingers work in gardens of earthly delights

Blessed with ‘green fingers’, keen commitment and a strong sense of community, Rosemary Cotter began gardening with Friends of...

Pinky
Watson

It’s Game-On for volunteering at ACMI

Want to volunteer in the land of digital? Head to Federation Square and ACMI!

Ardoch Youth Foundation

Ardoch : Volunteers a class act in schools making a difference

One of the most heartwarming and satisfying volunteer roles is to help a struggling child with his or her...

Tony
McManus

Beyond Blue Ambassador Tony McManus Finds Recovery in Volunteering

Can volunteering, a passion for helping others and a bucket list be the basis for fighting depression?

Alanah
French

Motor Neurone Awareness Volunteers

Personal experience with an illness can often be the catalyst for volunteering.

Vasilis
Apostolopoulos

Volunteer Vasilis’ Moving Volunteering Story

Meet Vasilis, an incredibly passionate volunteer at the Australian Greek Welfare Society.

Anne
McArthur

Lifelong Volunteering with Red Cross

What if volunteering with a chosen organisation lasts the best part of your lifetime?

Janet
Kidd

Volunteer welcome to a millennia of indigenous culture

Every year NAIDOC Week encourages us to rejoice in the rich culture of Australia’s first peoples.

Northcote
Junior Football Club

Volunteers essential to kicking goals

Without volunteers local footy simply wouldn't happen.

Leonie
Pratt

Shrine’s volunteers evoke stories of the Anzacs

The empowering effect of the Shrine’s volunteer guides evoke the spirit of Anzac through stories of service and sacrifice...