Volunteering is a way to support Not-for-Profit organisations in the community by doing unpaid work for them. It allows you to take action on issues you care about in a practical way.
Volunteering has many benefits for you and your community. It will expose you to a whole range of new experiences and improves your wellbeing! Through volunteering you can develop new skills, meet new people, connect with your community and develop new interests and hobbies (not to mention the warm fuzzy feeling you get from helping others!). Volunteering is a great way to boost your chances of getting paid work, through the new skills and experiences you’ll have, and it looks great on your resume. Volunteering also strengthens communities, making it possible to provide services that might not be available otherwise. Take a look at the Youth Central’s page on volunteering for more info.
More than six million Australians volunteer every year, so what are you waiting for?!
First of all you should check with your school to see if they have any volunteering programs or connections with local organisations that may be looking for help. If you are passionate about a particular cause look up organisations in your area that work on that issue. Contact them to see if they are looking for volunteers. Try getting in touch with your local council or neighbourhood house, they know of organisations looking for volunteers.
You can also search for volunteer opportunities on websites like Go Volunteering and Do Something Near You. You can also check out Volunteering Australia for more information on all aspects of volunteering.
Volunteers have rights just like paid employees! Wanna know more? Check out our Volunteer Rights page.