Volunteering gives you the opportunity to become an active member of your community, while helping others and yourself. When you volunteer, you choose to give your unpaid time and skills to help others and participate in your community to create positive change. Volunteering is a great way for people, regardless of their age, cultural background, location or circumstances, to get involved in the community and make a positive contribution.
“Volunteering is time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain”
In addition to the satisfaction of helping out for the benefit of others, there are many reasons people volunteer such as:
• Connecting with others and improving social ties
• Positively engaging and being active within the community
• Experiencing new challenges
• Raising awareness and supporting important community issues
• Interacting with different cultures
• Contributing to social change
• Developing professional networks
• Finding a pathway to getting a job, course or training
• Developing new skills or gaining experience in a variety of roles
• Exploring different career and job opportunities.
Research has also found a significant connection between volunteering and good health, showing that volunteering can (Vic Health, 2012):
• Alleviate depression
• Increase satisfaction with life
• Lower the frequency of hospitalisation
• Boost a person’s ability to cope with illness.
Sometimes you might ‘fall into’ volunteering, but at other times you might make a conscious decision to volunteer and then face the challenge of where to start.
- Decide that you want to contribute to your community by helping in the not-for-profit sector.
- Think about your skills and interests—which of these would you most like to use, improve or obtain in your volunteering activities?
- Contact Volunteering in Manningham or visit the Volunteering Victoria website.
- Read about the various roles. Choose those you like.
- Contact the organisation/s to indicate your interest. Find out how to apply for available volunteer positions.
People are motivated to volunteer for many different reasons:
- to meet new people
- improve employability
- add to your CV
- improve english language
- help other people
- make good use of your spare time
- take on new challenges
- use your skills and experience in a positive way.
By volunteering, you can make a positive difference to other people’s lives – and your own.
There are many different ways to volunteer, such as:
- for many hours or just a few
- on a regular basis or for special events only
- long-term or short-term
- “formally” through an organisation in the not-for-profit sector, in a specially assigned volunteer role
- “informally” by independently helping other people such as your neighbours
- through an organisation you’re already connected to, such as a school, sporting club or religious organisation.
Ways to Find a Volunteer Position
- Find opportunities in the Manningham community here
- Attend an Introduction to Volunteering session. Book here.
- Call Doncare and speak to the ViM coordinator on 9856 1546 to make a time for an interview to explore opportunities that might best suit you.
- Search on GoVolunteer for volunteer vacancies
- Make and manage your own volunteer profile online. Read more.