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Australians are known for their generosity of spirit and willingness to lend a hand.
It is estimated that one in four people in Australia do some kind of volunteer work. They choose -- of their own free will -- to work without payment for the benefit of their community. They give a gift of their time to benefit others.
Since its beginnings in Australia over 120 years ago, the work of The Salvation Army has been immeasurably enhanced by ordinary Australians who have given their time to help those who are in need.
Please use the links to the left or in the drop-down menus to find out how to get involved in different forms of volunteer work, or read on to get a basic overview of volunteering with The Salvation Army.
Many of the welfare, health, education, emergency, social justice, animal welfare, cultural and recreational services that we take for granted all started as volunteer organisations.
Volunteering gives all of us the opportunity to help future generations, just as volunteers from the past have enriched all of our lives.
When you help The Salvation Army as a volunteer, you offer a hand of support to someone at their greatest point of need.
Many people who have been helped over the years later tell us that simply knowing that someone cared was the turning point in their lives. Many of our past clients then go on to become volunteers themselves.
Our volunteers also report a great sense of satisfaction, and joy at developing new skills, gaining work experience, making new friends, and simply having fun!
How will your time help?
By donating your time to The Salvation Army:
- You will bring your skills, expertise, enthusiasm and new ideas to help the work of The Salvation Army.
- You may help carry out tasks such as administration, and help with ‘legwork’ which allows Salvation Army staff to concentrate on their areas of training and expertise.
- You add to the pool of people available to assist in the running of various programs, which means more clients can be helped.
- You can help increase public awareness of The Salvation Army, its services and its needs.
- You help ensure a more cost effective service, making best use of funds available, or help in raising more funds.
What is there to do?
The Salvation Army can use volunteer help right across the organisation, including areas such as:
- Telephone counselling
- Preparing and serving food
- Typing, clerical, mailroom and reception work
- Research and marketing
- Serving in stores
- Accompanying aged care or other clients on excursions
- Playing music
- Bus driving
- Mentoring and encouraging