It takes a special type of person to become a volunteer. At UnitingCare Harrison, our volunteers are from all walks of life but they all share an infectious enthusiasm for helping those who have fallen on tough times. Although they are not paid, our volunteers are an essential part of our team and we would struggle to run many of our services without them. UnitingCare Harrison currently has around 200 volunteers, but we would welcome your support if this type of role interests you. All volunteers are provided with an induction to UnitingCare Harrison and are given the opportunity to work in a friendly and supportive team environment.
Volunteering Opportunities available within UnitingCare Harrison include:
Provide live in support to clients in both our Disability and Youth Accommodation Programs.
Material Aid Volunteer
Distribute food vouchers to those in the Knox Region who meet an eligibility criteria. In this role you will work closely with The Opening Doors team who provide Crisis Support.
This role involves picking up bread from nearby bakeries each Wednesday and Friday and delivering it to our office. The bread is offered to those in need from the reception area of the office.
The biggest group of volunteers work in our five opportunity shops located throughout the Eastern Region of Melbourne. These shops raise vital funds for UnitingCare Harrison programs and services that are not funded by the Government or Church. The shops are stocked with goods donated by the public and are operated solely by Volunteers.
This fun role allows you to 'play Santa' and bring a little Christmas joy to those in need due to financial difficulties, mental illness or homelessness. Volunteers help collect, sort and distribute gifts that are donated at local Target stores during UnitingCare's national Operation Santa appeal. You must be available during November / December for this role.
Are you interested in art? We are looking for volunteers to provide assistance to people exploring their artistic side as part of the Gifford Arts program, which runs on Monday afternoons. Volunteers provide assistance to those in the group to create their masterpieces. If you would like to see some of the artwork produced please click here.
Community Meals Program
Volunteers are needed to help serve, set up, pack up the hall and interact with those who come in need of a nutritious meal. Operates weekly in Box Hill at the Wesley UnitingChurch Hall. Box Hill TAFE prepare, cook and donate the food for a delicious 3 course meal.
If any of these opportunities interest you or you would like to find out more about how you can make a difference please contact the Administrative Manager on (03) 9871 8700.