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There’s a whole world of worthy charities and causes looking for people like you. People with big hearts who want to lend a hand and make a difference. Need some inspiration? Check out some of the finalists from our Dreams for a Better World program who are looking for volunteers.

 

Dance for Parkinson’s Australia

Community

Dance for Parkinson’s Australia provide dance classes for people living with Parkinson’s disease, their friends, family and carers to improve mobility and quality of life.

How can you help?
Dance for Parkinson’s Australia are looking for volunteers to help participants at dance classes.

Where?
Nationwide. Find a class near you. 

When?
Volunteering opportunities are ongoing.

How to apply:
For classes and other volunteering opportunities contact ericarose@danceforparkinsonsaustralia.org or leave a message at 07 3040 1930.

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Greenbatch Foundation

Community

Greenbatch have built WA’s first plastic reprocessing plant. They partner with schools to collect PET plastic bottles and repurpose the plastic into 3D printer filament.

How can you help?
Greenbatch needs volunteers to pick up the collection bins and help process the bottles. You can also sign up your local sports club, school or community group to Greenbatch and start recycling plastic bottles. Register here.

Where?
Western Australia.  

When?
Volunteering opportunities are ongoing.

How to apply:
Email info@greenbatch.com

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Food for Change

Community

Food for Change aims to eliminate food insecurity in Australia by growing fresh food on unused land in the community and distributing unsold food to people in need.

How can you help?
You can volunteer at the farm to harvest the crops or join a working bee or help with administrative roles.

Where?
The farm is at Clayton South, Victoria. However, Food for Change have various administrative roles that can be filled nationwide.

When?
Volunteering opportunities are ongoing.

How to apply:
Visit the website or call (02) 8031 1302

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The National Homeless Collective

Health & Medicine

The National Homeless Collective is a grassroots Australian charity creating solutions to complex issues arising from homelessness, domestic abuse, and social disadvantage.

How can you help?
The NHC run various projects and need volunteers to pack hampers for women and children, run the Kala space op-shop and support community projects like, The Plate Up Project.

Where?
The Kala Space at 50 Lygon Street, Brunswick East.  

When?
Volunteering opportunities are ongoing.

How to apply:
Email info@nhcollective.org.au, call 03 9380 9131 or visit the website.

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Suncoast Spinners

Community

Suncoast Spinners are a social wheelchair basketball club on the Sunshine Coast which caters for physically disabled and able bodied athletes in the sport of Wheelchair Basketball.

How can you help?
Suncoast Spinners are looking for volunteers to organise games and training sessions, run events, fundraise and more.

Where?
Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

When?
Volunteering opportunities are ongoing.

How to apply:
Contact Sharon Hill for volunteering opportunities at info@suncoastspinners.com.au

Homestead for Youth

Community

Homestead for Youth connects at risk youth and their families through a faith based, rural family environment using hands-on therapies that empower and restore lives.

How can you help?
Homestead for Youth are looking for volunteers to help at the farm, run events, administration and fundraise.

Where?
Meelon, Western Australia.

When?
Volunteering opportunities are ongoing.

How to apply:
Contact Carla at info@h4y.com.au or call 0449 939 597

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Mums Exercise Group Australia

Community

MEGA is a not-for-profit organisation that provides free and low cost exercise sessions for mums across Australia. It aims to improve mothers’ health, fitness, mental wellbeing and social lives.

How can you help?
MEGA is looking for volunteers to run classes and events; support the organisation with social media, advertising, merchandising, legal, accounting and other skills; and lead MEGA branches.

Where?
Across Australia.

When?
Volunteering opportunities are ongoing.

How to apply:
Please contact Janelle McAppion a info@megamums.com.au or on 0401963989 or contact us

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Edmund Rice Siblings Camps

Community

Edmund Rice Siblings Camps gives children separated in out-of-home care a chance to reunite with their brothers and sisters, and foster carers a much-needed respite.

How can you help?
Edmund Rice Siblings Camps is looking for volunteers to act as a positive role model supervising kids in sports and craft activities and excursions.

Where?
Mulgoa NSW.

When?
Sunday to Friday each school holidays.

How to apply:
Please contact Emily Banks a ebanks@edmundrice.org or on 0439900832 or visit the website.

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Cancer Council NSW

Community

Cancer Council NSW is an independent charity committed to reducing the impact of cancer on individuals and the community.

How can you help?
Cancer Council NSW is looking for volunteers to assist in achieving their goal to beat cancer. No special skills are required.

Where?
Across NSW.

When?
Roles range from full-time internships, to a morning/afternoon per week, to one-off events.

How to apply:
Please contact Leah Davison a volunteervacancies@nswcc.org.au or on 0293341441.

Find out more On the Cancer Council NSW website.

Surfing NSW’s Indigenous Surfing Program promotes health, enjoyment and wellbeing through the sport of surfing and ocean safety awareness, bringing positive education to remote and local Indigenous communities.

How can you help?
Surfing NSW is looking for volunteers at NSW surfing competitions to assist with various elements of the events.

Where?
Various locations across NSW.

When?
Events are held throughout the year.

How to apply:
Please contact Claire Ellem at claire.ellem@surfingnsw.com.au or on 02-93497055 or visit the website.

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Conexu Foundation

Community

Conexu Foundation is a technology-focused, non-profit organisation working to bridge communication gaps at school, work and in life generally for people who are deaf or speech impaired.

How can you help?
Conexu is seeking volunteers with video production and technical skills to help tell our story through small video projects.

Where?
The Conexu team is primarily based in Brisbane but has community members and networks across Australia.

When?
Projects are ongoing.

How to apply:
Please contact Sarah Magoffin at hello@conexu.com.au or on 1300 077 321.

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The Compassionate Friends Victoria provide support for people who have lost a loved one and educate front line workers on how to communicate with others experiencing loss.

How can you help?
The Compassionate Friends Victoria need volunteers to help at events and to fundraise.

Where?
Victoria.

When?
Ongoing volunteering opportunities.

How to apply:
Visit the website and complete the volunteering form.

Barkuma Inc

Community

Barkuma is one of the largest disability organisations in South Australia. It helps people with disabilities find jobs, learn skills and be included in the community.

How can you help?
Barkuma is looking for volunteers to assist with administrative duties such as data entry, correspondence and other general tasks.

Where?
Adelaide, Elizabeth and Holden Hill in South Australia.

When?
A minimum of four hours weekly.

How to apply:
Please contact Nicholas Van Zanten at nicholas.vanzanten@barkuma.com.au or on (08) 8414 7100 or visit the website.

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Orange Sky Laundry

Community

Orange Sky Laundry is the world's first free mobile laundry service for the homeless. It also connects the homeless to the community through encouraging conversations, opportunities and volunteering.

How can you help?
Volunteers are required at all locations to help with washing and spending time with homeless clients. Orange Sky is also looking for an administrative assistant, warehouse coordinator and washing coordinator at its Brisbane headquarters.

Where?
QLD, NSW, ACT, VIC, SA and Perth.

When?
Two to four hours weekly or fortnightly.

How to apply:
Please register via this form.

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Aunties and Uncles Queensland

Community

Aunties and Uncles Queensland is a mentoring program for disadvantaged children, helping them to reach their full potential.

How can you help?
Three experienced professionals willing to volunteer two to three hours of their time a week are required. These roles include an IT professional, a Social Media/Digital Marketing Specialist, and a Human Resources Specialist.

Where?
Paddington, Queensland.

When?
Ongoing.

How to apply:
Please contact Coralie Hornby at enquiries@auntiesandunclesqld.org.au or on (07) 3367 8002. Alternatively, you can register to become a volunteer on our website.

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The Candlelight Gift

Community

The dream of The Candlelight Gift is that no parent goes through the struggle of caring for a child in hospital alone.

How can you help?
Volunteers are needed to work at the Candlelight Gift’s The Day on the Green event. They will be required to assist in cooking, selling raffle tickets, setting up the stalls, supervising children’s events, and cleaning up.

Where?
The event will take place in North Epping, New South Wales.

When?
In September and December, 2016.

How to apply:
Please contact David Colmer at thecandlelightgift@gmail.com or on 0418 484 568. Alternatively you can visit the volunteer page of our website.

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Animalia rescues and cares for injured native wildlife, and operates from the home of founder Michelle Thomas.

How can you help?
Animalia are always looking for volunteers to be trained and mentored. Volunteers assist with daily tasks including feeding the wildlife, cleaning enclosures and collecting leaf (food), amongst other roles.

Where?
Frankston, Victoria

When?
Ongoing.

How to apply:
Please contact Michelle Thomas at animalia.shelter@gmail.com or on 0435 822 699. Alternatively, you can visit the volunteers page of our website.

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Eco Barge Clean Seas

Animals/Environment

Eco Barge Clean Seas helps protect the marine life and aquatic environment of the Whitsunday region.

How can you help?
Passionate volunteers are needed to collect and sort debris from the ocean, beaches and land to keep marine life safe. For turtles that get sick or injured, volunteers help to rescue and care for them at the rescue centre.

Where?
Airlie Beach and Mackay.

When?
Ongoing.

How to apply:
Please contact Libby Edge at info@ecobargecleanseas.org.au or on (07) 4946 5198. Alternatively, you can register to become a volunteer on our website.

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WIRES is working to preserve our native wildlife by rescuing and rehabilitating sick and injured animals throughout NSW.

How can you help?
WIRES is working to preserve our native wildlife by rescuing and rehabilitating sick and injured animals throughout NSW.

Where?
WIRES has 27 branches around New South Wales.

When?
Ongoing.

How to apply:
Please contact Jessica Birrell at training@wires.org.au for details about registering and courses. Alternatively you can visit the volunteer page of our website.

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The Pyjama Foundation

Children & Youth

The Pyjama Foundation recruits and trains volunteer ‘Pyjama Angels’ to provide one-on-one help for children in foster care with their schoolwork and reading.

How can you help?
Become a Pyjama Angel and make a real difference to the life of a foster child. Spend just 1 hour per week of quality time helping a child in their home with educational activities to improve their learning.

Where?
Anywhere in Australia.

When?
Ongoing.

How to apply:
Please contact Natasha Hodson at admin@thepyjamafoundation.com or on (07) 3256 8802. Or visit the volunteers page of our website.

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Soccajoeys Next Step Foundation

Health & Medicine/Children & Youth

Soccajoeys Next Step Foundation is a soccer program that helps special needs children develop the skills and confidence to move into mainstream activities.

How can you help?
We need patient and caring volunteers to assist with coaching special needs kids. Current children’s certificate and drivers licence required. Training provided.

Where?
Sydney, Epping and Bulli (Woollongong).

When?
Volunteer coaches required for 1 hour on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons.

How to apply:
Please contact Jose Bello on 0411 813 540 or email foundation@soccajoeys.com.Find out more about our program on our website.

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SisterWorks

Community & Education

SisterWorks helps asylum-seeker, migrant and refugee women to develop their skills and learn English.

How can you help?
We are looking for volunteers throughout Melbourne:

  • Business mentors: 4 hours/week
  • Business development: 1 day/week remotely
  • Market support: 2-4 hours on weekends No special skills required.
  • Mentor coordinator: 3-6 hours/week plus phone support.

How to apply:
Please contact Anne Sandler atanne@sisterworks.org.au or 0414 606 835.Find out more about volunteering with us on our website.

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Angel Gowns Australia

Health & Medicine

Angel Gowns Australia creates beautiful garments for stillborn babies from donated wedding dresses.

How can you help?
We need volunteer seamstresses to help sew our garments.

Where?
Anywhere in Australia.

When?
Ongoing.

How to apply:
All the information you need to join our team of volunteer seamstresses is on our volunteers page.

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Down Syndrome Victoria

Health & Medicine, Children & Youth

Down Syndrome Victoria provides support, information and resources for people with Down Syndrome and their families.

How can you help?
We need volunteers to assist with activities and manning stalls at our major fundraiser, Step Up for Down Syndrome.

Where?
Princes Park, Carlton, Melbourne.

When?
Sunday 11 October 2015, varying shifts between 6.30am to 2.30pm.

How to apply:
For this event, please contact Shelley on 03-94869600 or email info@dsav.asn.au. For more information about volunteering with us, please visit our volunteers page.

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Golden Memories Karaoke

Health & Medicine

Golden Memories Karaoke brings a unique program of music and entertainment to the residents of aged care facilities.

How can you help?
We are looking for volunteers to help out by:

  • Assisting with the presentation of our programs in Victoria and Queensland.
  • Translating our songs into Chinese, Greek, Italian and other languages.
  • Taking our programs to other states.

Where?
Victoria, Queensland and other states.

When?
Ongoing.

How to apply:
For more information about volunteering with us, please visit our volunteers page.

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