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What is Volunteering?

Volunteering with VincentCare can make a real difference to the life of someone struggling with disadvantage. For some VincentCare volunteers this is a chance to give something back, learn new skills, meet new people and for others it's a practical way to assist those who need help the most.

Without volunteers, it would be impossible for VincentCare to run its activity groups, organise recognition events such as NAIDOC Week and IDAHOBIT Day, stock the Emergency Relief Pantry or pick up donations. We want to thank all the school groups, corporate volunteers, client volunteers and community volunteers who have helped VincentCare.

Our varied volunteer roles are based within the Hubs and across varied services and programs which include providing help and support within homelessness services, meals services, social activity groups, supported employment, and corporate services.The time commitment varies so you can pick a volunteer role that suits you, from volunteering on a regular basis to helping out at events and special occasions.

We have volunteers from the community who provide their skills and time, along with corporate volunteers and school groups.

Volunteering with Inner Melbourne Community Hub

The Inner Melbourne Community Hub is the inner-city accommodation and support service hub located in North Melbourne and Fitzroy. It includes residential services, housing support, case management services, a drop-in centre, meals service and more. 140 active community volunteers are involved across the Inner Melbourne Community Hub. Skilled volunteers offer services such as administration, reception, hairdressing, a community acupuncture clinic, yoga, meditation and mindfulness sessions. Community members can volunteer in the daily meal program which operates seven days a week, providing 7,500 meals a month to Ozanam House residents and Ozanam Community Centre clients.

Inner Melbourne Community Hub is home to the Client Volunteer Program. CVP provides an opportunity for VincentCare clients to participate positively in our community through volunteering and is a platform for meaningful and purposeful participation. Inner Melbourne Community Hub also welcomes corporate volunteer groups and school groups. Please note: Due to our upcoming redevelopment in 2017 there will be a reduction in volunteer opportunities available at Ozanam House and Community Centre for the year.

Volunteering with Northern Community Hub

The Northern Community Hub has dispersed housing throughout the community along with the provision of services provided with partner agencies utilising an outreach model of support. Along with the provision of housing, the Northern Community Hub also aims to provide relevant assistance to people in need, to develop living skills that will help them maintain stable accommodation. Around 20 community volunteers are involved across the Northern Community Hub. Volunteers who are studying a community service qualification form the Community Welcome and Engagement team, creating a friendly and accessible environment at the Access Point in Glenroy. Community members can also volunteer with activity groups at Sunbury Gardens, administration roles in Glenroy, and child minding at Olive’s Place.

Volunteering with Social Enterprises Hub

VincentCare Victoria’s Ozanam Enterprises operates as an Australian Disability Enterprise in Carrum Downs. Ozanam Enterprises assists people through supported employment to achieve greater financial independence, and enables them to reach their own personal goals and extended opportunities. We recognise and support the capacity of people with disabilities to demonstrate valued work skills and to contribute to, and participate in, varied employment settings, all of which assist in enhancing individual self-esteem and a sense of pride and self-worth.

There are a number of opportunities for enthusiastic and dedicated community members to volunteer with our supported employees to assist them in reaching their full potential.
Volunteering tasks and opportunities include providing guidance, encouragement and support to people with disability at the workplace, helping supported employees gain independence within the community, and providing administration support in the office.

Volunteering with Hume Community Hub

The Hume Community Hub provides a range of services including family violence support, emergency relief, financial counselling and capability support, and Home Care Packages. These services are currently delivered from two premises in Shepparton. Community members can volunteer in roles including administration and child minding.

Volunteering at Central Office

VincentCare Victoria’s Central Office provides corporate services to the Community Hubs. Central Office is located in Melbourne’s Central Business District. Skilled volunteers support the Finance, Human Resources and Communications teams. 

Corporate Volunteering

Eighteen corporate groups and more than six hundred staff have been involved with the organisation over the past year. They assist with food preparation, meal service and material aid on a fortnightly basis as part of their corporate social responsibility programs.

Our corporate volunteers include; Allianz Insurance, ANZ Bank, NAB, Ford Australia, Marsh Pty Ltd, Bongiorno & Partners, Back in Motion, IBM, Infosys, SecondBite, Allen’s Lawyers, Probuild, St John of God Health Care Service, Public Transport Ombudsman, Robert Half, TKGS and Suncorp.

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Infosys employees wrapping Christmas gifts at Ozanam House - part of the Inner Melbourne Community Hub

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NAB employees volunteering at Ozanam House.

To find our how your organisation can join the corporate volunteer program contact Louise:
Tel: 03 9329 5100
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Schools Volunteering

Nearly 1000 students from 25 secondary schools across Melbourne and Victoria have been involved in the VincentCare Social Justice Program over the past 12 months. They provide assistance on a fortnightly or monthly basis with meal services at Ozanam House and Ozanam Community Centre.

The schools also provide the Inner Melbourne Community Hub with toiletries, socks, underwear, Christmas gifts, swags, food and clothing, which are much needed for clients entering and exiting Ozanam House.

To find our how your school can join the VincentCare Social Justice Program contact Louise:
Tel: 03 9329 5100
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