How to Volunteer in your Local Community

This week we are celebrating National Volunteers Week

Are you interested getting involved in your local community? Have you thought about wanting to volunteer your time or give back to your local community lately but are not sure where to start? You are not alone! Many people want to volunteer but aren’t sure where to look to find the right volunteering opportunity for them.

There are many resources and people (yes, real people) who can help you find a volunteer position that fits your interest and time availability.


Here are some ideas to get you started looking:


Finding Your Fit

Unsure about why type of volunteering you might be interested in? Volunteer Canada has developed a tool to help you figure out what kind of volunteer you are and what organisations might be best to join.

Take the quiz here

Ask A Friend

The Australian Bureau of Statistics found in 2006 that 64% of volunteers first got involved through someone they knew or because they were asked to. The lesson? Think about who you know first. For example:

  • Identify and contact groups in your local area that do work you are interested in learning about or contributing to
  • Ask your friends and family if they are involved with groups and programs that they really enjoy. Would there be space for one more to join? (You!)

Volunteer Resource Centers

We are lucky to have Volunteer Resource Centers throughout our local community. Volunteer Resources Centers are services that help you find volunteer opportunities in your local area that match your interests and values. You can access their services at any time.

Online Listings & Opportunities

There are thousands of amazing organisations looking for individuals like you to help them out.

Here are just a few of the websites that list volunteer opportunities:

Skilled Volunteer Opportunities

If you are looking for an opportunity to apply your already well developed skills (ie. Design, photography, accounting), visit the following pages:

You can find all of this information listed on the YPRL website by accessing our ‘Volunteering in the Community’ page. 

If you have any questions about National Volunteer week or this information, please contact Sarah Howe, Volunteers Coordinator, on 9088 3441 or email volunteers@yprl.vic.gov.au.

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