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 Foodbank Assistant | Footscray
CatholicCare’s Footscray office requires the help of a volunteer on Friday mornings from 9am to 1pm to assist the Community Development worker to collect & deliver food parcels to clients across Melbourne’s Western Corridor and the Wyndham Park Community Centre for the Refugee Cooking Group.
This includes taking foodbank orders from staff, along with sorting and packing groceries.
Volunteer Prison Ministry Visitation | West Melbourne (City)
CatholicCare has a well-established Chaplaincy Ministry in prisons and correction centres across Victoria. Several volunteers are needed for Prison Ministry Visitation as part of our chaplaincy program, to visit those in custody monthly on a Saturday morning from 9am to 12pm at the Melbourne Custody Centre.