There are thousands of causes you can support with your volunteer hours in Australia. The problem is, where do you start? This guide will give you the best websites to find volunteer opportunities in Australia.
Volunteering locally is a fantastic way to help your community. Whether you decide to join an advisory board, help out an event, or walk shelter dogs once a week, the experiences can be worthwhile and also beneficial to the organisation you support.
Pro Bono Australia – ProBono’s platform, VolunteerMatch, helps people from right across Australia match their skills from professional industries such as law, marketing, business and IT to a relevant and rewarding volunteer role. It is free to search for and post roles. They also have a great blog that is updated frequently with news on the not-for-profit sector.
Idealist – Although Idealist has worldwide opportunities, you can still find an abundance of volunteering roles in Australia. This is also a great site to find ‘online’ roles, which you can undertake from the comfort of your home.
EthicalJobs – This is my ‘go-to’ site for finding employment. Just select ‘volunteer’ in the work type, and you will be met with many volunteer opportunities from all over Australia.
SEEK Volunteer – I find this website has more ‘hands on’ opportunities than other volunteer websites. Want to spend time with an isolated elderly person? Or be a Marshall at a fun run? Chances are, you will find the opportunity here.
The Centre for Volunteering – This website is great, as it breaks search categories down into skilled volunteering, event volunteering and youth volunteering. If volunteering is your passion, might even want to undertake a ‘Certificate in Active Volunteering’, which is what I did in 2011.
If you had a particular organisation in mind to volunteer with, be sure to visit their website directly, as most organisations have a page dedicated to this. Best of luck with your volunteering, and thank you for helping your community!