Why You Should Consider Volunteer Work
Volunteers are the backbone of many community organizations that work to help those in need. Many organizations use volunteers in almost every aspect of their work, from sending out information to their donors, handing out food or clothing to those in need, helping organize and man events to bring awareness to their cause or just simply getting alongside people and donating their time to uplift and support another person. Anyone can work as a volunteer; they just have to have an interest in helping people and be donating a few hours a month to a cause they wish to help.
Who Can Work as a Volunteer?
You don’t have to have any special skills to work as a volunteer, but if you do, there are many organizations that can use you. If you have computer skills, have experience in fundraising or if you have special skills, such as graphic design, you would be invaluable to many organizations. However, many places can use people to do hands on work that don’t require special skills.
Organizations that offer services or necessities to those in need may need people who are willing to sort through donated items and help hand them out to people. People of all ages who are willing to help can find ways to volunteer their time and services. Retirees make great volunteers because they have time on their hands and many of them find that volunteering makes them feel useful and helps keep them active in their communities.
Where Can You Volunteer?
If you would like to volunteer, but you’re not sure where to find volunteer opportunities, you can contact volunteer organizations to find places to offer your time and talent. Go online to search under “volunteers” and you will bring up many results, including websites like GoVolunteer.com.au. This website and others like it, list volunteer opportunities and organizations that need to find volunteers.
The website allows you to search for opportunities by the type of organization you wish to help. If you wish to help the homeless or work with children, you can choose categories that will allow you to find those opportunities. You may wish to volunteer to help victims of domestic violence or, if you are so inclined, you can find opportunities to work with artist endeavours or help animal organizations.
You can also consider contacting large organizations such as the Australian Red Cross, the local school system or the church you attend to find out how they can use you as a volunteer. There are probably hundreds of places near you that can use your services in one way or another to help out their organization. The need for volunteers is endless and it should be easy to find a place that can use your services.
Sheltered by Grace is always looking for volunteers to help us transform the lives of individuals. We need volunteers to take clients to appointments, help get meals ready on site, handyman work, sausage sizzle army helpers, case management, mentoring, be a prayer warrior, fundraising, event coordinator and a variety of other roles. The roles we have are all listed below and you will find more detail on each job description there. If you are interested in helping out in any capacity, please complete our online form. We would love to hear from you!
What Can You Do as a Volunteer?
You can do many different things as a volunteer. While many organizations will have specific tasks for you to do for them, you may have the opportunity to help organize other volunteers and you may need to come up with volunteering ideas for them. Some of the tasks that volunteers may do include:
- Send out notices to members of an organization
- Compile lists of people in need
- Hand out giveaway items
- Organize donations
- Help people find patients in a hospital
There are dozens of tasks that you may be assigned as a volunteer. You can start small by volunteering at your child’s school to help a teacher in their classroom or you can volunteer to pass out the church bulletin on Sunday morning. There are many places to volunteer; all you need to do is being willing to help.
Selfish Reasons for Volunteering
You don’t need to have purely benevolent reasons to work as a volunteer, you can have selfish reasons as well. Being a volunteer has many benefits, including benefits for physical and mental health. Studies conducted on volunteers have shown that symptoms of chronic pain or diseases have decreased and mortality rates of older volunteers are lower than those who don’t volunteer.
Retirees who volunteer do so because it gives them something to do outside of the home, and it is a good way for them to stay connected to their community. Younger volunteers can gain real world work experience by volunteering for organizations by applying skills they have learned in school. They can use their experiences on their resume, especially if they have little work experience.
Being a volunteer is a good for people suffering from depression. Those who are depressed tend to isolate themselves socially, but if they volunteer, they stay in contact with people and they can develop new friendships and a support system. This support is important during times they feel more stressed or depressed. Volunteering to help others also gives some people a self-esteem boost and lifts their confidence levels.
Volunteering to Help Others
There are many places to volunteer and put your skills to work for others. While you may have to step out of your comfort zone to find volunteer opportunities, you and the organization you help will both benefit from the work. There is always work to be done and some types of volunteer opportunities can be shared with family or friends. Working together to help others gives people a sense of accomplishment and pride, knowing they are doing something positive in their communities.
Look for opportunities to include family members in volunteer efforts, such as volunteering on clean up days around your community. It helps teach children about helping others and it is good quality time spent with them. They may even like it enough to do more volunteer work in the future.
Types of Volunteer Work at Sheltered by Grace
The role of the Transformation Manager is to manage Transformation Workers, students and volunteers and coordinate services and support to ensure the effective implementation of client plans.
The role of Transformation Workers is to work with clients to ensure access to services and support that assists in restoring health, pursuing education and employment and the regaining of financial independence. If you would like to find out more about this role, please contact us through our contact form.
The role of Administration Assistant is either a virtual role, or works several hours a week on site. The role entails writing letters, completing paperwork to send to Centrepay and other agencies, contacting various agencies as required and doing general office administration work including scanning and receipting.
We always welcome student volunteers to undertake work experience or complete compulsory course hours with us. Many students undertake the functions of a Transformation Worker, and we are delighted when some choose to stay on and volunteer their time once their course requirements are completed. If you would like to find out more about being a student volunteer, please contact us through our contact form.
The role of house parent entails assisting clients in preparing meals, cleaning their rooms, laundry and assistance with everyday life. Part of the role involves talking with the clients and getting alongside them, encouraging them to learn new life skills while being supported in their endeavours. If you would like to learn more about this role, please contact us through our contact form.
As we offer 24 hour supported accommodation, it is really important that we have a responsible person on site at all times. The role of Night Manager is to be available in case client’s need assistance during the night. The Night Manager assists with the taking of medication and assists in the preparation of the evening role, but does not undertake paperwork or case management. If you are able to assist as a Night Manager, please contact us through our contact form.
Sheltered by Grace holds sausage sizzles at Bunnings Bethania every Friday. The role of Sizzle Sergeant involves organising all of the items for the sizzle, arranging volunteers to man the stall, and overseeing the taking of the money. If you feel called to be a Sizzle Sergeant, please contact us through our contact form.
Sheltered by Grace holds weekly sausage sizzles at Bunnings Bethania. If you are able to assist in manning the stall every now and then for a half day, please contact us through our contact form.
There are a number of small repairs and maintenance issues that need attending to on a regular basis including: cleaning gutters; attending to room repairs; maintaining door hardwear; test and maintain fire equipment; yard maintenance; and other odd jobs as required. If you can assist with this role, please contact us through our contact form.
As part of our House Rules, our clients each have daily chores to do, but there is still regular cleaning that needs to be done in the kitchen, common areas, and in cleaning out client rooms once they have left. If you can help once a week to clean, please contact us through our contact form.
Our bookkeeper is an integral part of our team. The program we use is Xero, and this role ensures that all of our financial data is accurate and integrated with the operations of the site.
Our clients often have appointments that they need to go to including Centrelink, medical or job network agencies. This role is crucial in ensuring our clients can make their appointments and get back on track to transform their lives. If you can help in this capacity, please contact us through our contact form.