Volunteering during the Christmas season
Volunteering opportunities during the festive season
True philanthropy is the spirit of giving and the community knows how to send tidings and joy to people doing it tough at Christmas time. For some people, it’s donating gifts or food and for others, it’s contributing their time volunteering to help people who are less fortunate.
If you are passionate about doing something specific, the best thing to do is contact the organisation directly. For instance, Samaritan’s Purse require volunteers to prepare shoeboxes for shipping to children in impoverished countries.
You may like to act local and support disadvantaged residents in your community. Many families cannot provide toys for their children so Doncare invites clients to personally select items from donated gifts. This opportunity affords people the dignity and empowerment of choice. It is a massive undertaking to coordinate and preparations commence in September. By December all hands are on deck as Community Support Workers, volunteers and staff collect donations from schools, businesses, churches, community groups and Doncare’s Wishing Trees.
Some churches and organisations host Christmas functions and rely on volunteers to assist with transporting clients or cooking in the kitchen. You can also volunteer to sit and have a coffee and a chat with people who are socially isolated due to lack of family support or mobility issues. Doncare also has a Gift Wrapping station in Myer Doncaster and seek volunteers who have a flair for wrapping presents. If you have a couple of hours to spare this Christmas, please email Lia Henry at Doncare.
Volunteers are in demand following Christmas when many regular volunteers take holidays. Op Shops are inundated with donations in the New Year so you might like to consider volunteering at a local store. Read more about volunteering in Doncare’s op shops..
To find opportunities, you can contact organisations providing material aid and social support, such as Doncare, St Vincent de Paul Society, Wesley Mission, Melbourne City Mission, Sacred Heart Mission, The Smith Family, Anglicare, UnitingCare, Melbourne Basket Brigade and the Salvation Army. Alternatively, there are organisations like Volunteering in Manningham which provide the connections to enlist community involvement by linking people who have the capacity to help with organisations seeking volunteers.
Want to be sure of a volunteering role on future Christmas Days?
Looking ahead, if you do want to be sure of a volunteering position on Christmas Day, your best course of action would be to become an experienced volunteer in the agency of your choice and then to put your name down early for volunteering next Christmas.
Consider volunteering at other times of the year too!
Volunteers are an extremely valuable resource within our community. You can really make a difference – at any time throughout the year.
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