Do You Want to Volunteer?

February 20, 2011 No Comments by admin

Do You Want to Volunteer? Volunteering is a great way to become involved in your community. At the same time, it can provide you with opportunities to meet people, to learn new skills, or use the ones you already have. You might just want to try something new.

The great advantage for potential volunteers is the ability to utilise the knowledge SEV has of the organisations, the many opportunities available to volunteers, and an understanding of the nature of the tasks available. SEV offers general and specific training for all volunteers which can be of great advantage to you if you decide to volunteer in one of our smaller organisations that may not have the resources to offer training.

When you wish to register as a volunteer you will be interviewed and efforts will be made to ensure that a correct ‘match’ is made. We will endeavour to answer any questions which you might have and details about the commitment expected for an individual task will be explained.

“I am really happy with the efficient service and guidance provided by South East Volunteers. I would encourage anyone who has interest in volunteering to contribute to community or to gain necessary skills to get in touch with Monash Volunteer Resource Centre [now South East Volunteers].  I thank Monash Volunteer Centre for the advice and information needed to find the volunteer job which is right for me.”

– Dona, Dixon House volunteer

“It was a real eye opener to see so many different types of volunteer roles on offer. I chose to volunteer at Bestchance, where there were opportunities to work with young children and families and I felt, to make a difference in somebody’s life. It all went from there. Now I look after all the volunteers at Bestchance – across 8 different programs.”

– Vicki, Bestchance Family Childcare

“Our Program has been very lucky to have received support from the MVRC through volunteer referrals for a few years now. The volunteers who come from MVRC are always well prepared and informed about our Program. The staff at MVRC have always been friendly, prompt and helpful and a real pleasure to work with.  We are very grateful for the work the MVRC does.”

– Michelle, St Vincent de Paul Society Centacare

Opportunities

The opportunities through voluntary work are many and varied. Not-for-profit organisations include volunteers in roles related to arts, culture, education, environment, health, emergency services, sport and international development. Volunteers might be involved in research, retail sales, home maintenance or food preparation. Volunteers can be any age or nationality and are invited to discover the number of opportunities available to them. With over 600 jobs listed for non-profit organisations at any one time, SEV is a wonderful resource for the local community. Chinese-speaking prospective volunteers are now able to phone SEV on a special phone line (9539 4533) and leave their name and contact number in Mandarin or Cantonese. Our volunteer information officer responds to these calls on Wednesdays. To become a volunteer, please Register Your Interest here or contact us on 9562 0414

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