View Current Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers play a critical role in the delivery of CatholicCare services - in fact, around 10% of the services we provide to people in need would not be possible without the support of our volunteers.
CatholicCare volunteers run and support a range of services including:
- sewing groups
- homework clubs
- English conversation classes for newly arrived refugees
- academic support and encouragement for disadvantaged adults who are enrolled in our Clemente Fitzroy program
- administrative support at a number of our offices
- event help and organisation
- pastoral support in prisons and hospitals
We are grateful for the many wonderful people who give their time, skills and experience to help us respond to an ever-increasing demand for our services. By volunteering, they contribute to making our community a better place.
Volunteering is rewarding in other ways. Giving their time for a good cause can help volunteers to:
- build skills and experience
- stay active
- make new friends
- gain a sense of personal achievement
CatholicCare welcomes volunteers from all backgrounds, life stages and with a broad range of skills. Volunteers under 18 years of age must have written consent from a parent or legal guardian.
How do I register to become a volunteer?
Volunteer opportunities are advertised when available and are based on program and client needs.
All volunteers are required to submit an Expression of Interest Form and current resumé when applying for a position. Volunteers who are shortlisted are required to attend an interview with the Volunteer Coordinator and the Program Coordinator.
Once selected for a position, all volunteers are required to:
- complete a Registration Form,
- read and sign a Confidentiality Agreement and Volunteer Declaration, and
- undergo a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check (CatholicCare will reimburse the cost of this when you commence voluntary work).
Volunteer Homework Tutors | Geelong
CatholicCare’s Homework Group in Geelong provides students with a supportive environment to enhance their academic achievement and build social connections with their peers. Students are from both culturally and linguistically diverse and English speaking backgrounds.
Volunteer Tutors who speak just English, or English plus either Dari, Hazaragi, Arabic, Karen or Karenni will assist students to understand and complete their set homework tasks in various subjects such as Maths, Science and English, and encourage them to continue working towards their academic and career aspirations.
They are required to work weekly on Monday (during school terms) between 3:15pm and 4:45pm.
All volunteers are required to undergo a Police Record Check (PRC) and a Working with Children Check (WWCC) prior to commencing any voluntary work with CatholicCare (NOTE: CatholicCare will facilitate the PRC at no cost to the volunteer).
Volunteer Lawns and Light Maintenance | Dandenong
This volunteer role provides needed practical support for the Asylum Seeker Support Housing Program by mowing the property lawns and performing other light maintenance tasks including changing light globes, checking smoke detectors and changing their batteries.
A minimum of four hours a fortnight is required for this role. A lawnmower and other tools are provided on-site.
This is a great opportunity to support a vital community housing program for asylum seeker families.
Volunteer Administration Support | East Melbourne
Volunteer help is needed short term to assist our Administration team with office and clerical duties, and helping collate and arrange materials for the RE and Relationship Support courses over the next few months. Flexible hours, a morning or afternoon a week - whatever you can offer would be a great help.
Volunteer Housing Transition Support | Eltham
Volunteers are needed to help our refugee clients locate & transition from medium term supported accommodation into private housing.
CatholicCare and St Vincent’s Health Australia partnered together in 2016 to help support vulnerable refugees from Syria and Iraq. Refugee residents have been provided with medium term accommodation in units on the site of St Vincent’s Care Services Eltham. CatholicCare provides the tenancy and settlement services to support these families to transition into permanent living arrangements.
The refugee housing project is due to conclude at the end of September 2018 and requires the assistance of volunteers to help residents secure longer term accommodation. The role is designed to assist residents to search for and secure private rental accommodation.
This will require a minimum weekly contact of around two hours, over a four month period.