Council is currently receiving a high volume of calls from residents who would like to volunteer to assist the evolving situation with coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
We appreciate everyone’s kindness and desire to help.
We are monitoring the progress of the pandemic, assessing the impact to our services (including opportunities for volunteers), and are coordinating immediate relief for our vulnerable communities.
In light of government advice, we have placed our regular volunteering activities on hold, to protect the health and safety of our volunteers.
Once it is safe to recommence services, we will need volunteers more than ever and invite applications for the roles advertised below.
What you need to know
Volunteer with us
Our volunteers are passionate community members with a range of skills and knowledge, and all share a great willingness to help. The community spirit shown by our volunteers enables us to provide programs, services, policy and strategies that are designed to meet the best interests of our local residents.
If any of these roles match your interests, skills and availability, please use the contact details provided in the information to seek further information including how to apply.
Note: We are unable to guarantee the amounts of hours necessary to satisfy Centrelink/Job Search requirements for any of our volunteer roles.
If our current opportunities do not match your interests, use the online form below to register with our email group.
Frequently asked Questions
Here is a list of common questions asked by people who are considering volunteering with us.
We are unable to guarantee that volunteering with Council will result in paid employment.
Your volunteer supervisor can provide you with a statement of service which details your roles and responsibilities and hours as a volunteer, however it is not Council’s policy to give written references. Your volunteer supervisor is able to give a verbal reference over the phone.
No, volunteer work is unpaid.
No, in order for the experience to be a positive one for both yourself and the organisation it is important that we match your skills, knowledge and motivation against the requirements of the volunteer position which may not always be possible/available.
No, unfortunately due to the types of volunteer roles available we are not able to guarantee the amount of hours that may be required by Centrelink.
For certain positions it’s required by legislation that volunteers have to undertake a Working with Children Check. Working with Children Checks are available to volunteers without charge. Volunteers will be required to provide a passport photo. A requirement for a Working with Children Check will be included in the volunteer role description.
For certain positions volunteers are required to undertake a National Police Check as part of our duty of care to protect our service clients. There is no cost to volunteers. The requirement for a Police Check will be included in volunteer position information.
All Council volunteers are allocated a supervisor in the area they are undertaking work. Supervisors provide on the job training, sound guidance and direction to make it easy and enjoyable to carry out their volunteering work.
No. Due to time commitment and insurance requirements, our volunteering program is not suitable for school community service or Duke of Edinburgh requirements. We suggest referring to your school’s DoE Program Coordinator for advice on suitable opportunities, or contacting a Volunteer Support Organisation such as Volunteering Victoria or Volunteer West to ask for information about specialised opportunities for young people.
No, Council does not run emergency response operations and so do not offer such roles. Contact agencies specialising in Emergency Response for information about that type of opportunity, e.g. State Emergency Services, Red Cross, CFA.
Please be aware that during an emergency, agencies will be busy dealing with events and unlikely to be recruiting new volunteers.
During an emergency, only trained volunteers who are already members of an organisation are called. To be called, you need to join an organisation well before disaster strikes. That way you will have the necessary background checks and training to be ready for service.
If you are not ready, please consider volunteering for recovery. The best possible recovery always depends on volunteers.
Our Council does not operate a traditional Meals on Wheels service with a voluntary workforce and so we are unable to offer you a volunteering opportunity of that kind.
For residents who are seniors, living with a disability, or primary carers, our Council provides the Community Meals program with officers providing Home Delivered Meals and regular Welfare Checks.
For more information contact Volunteer Services on 9243 8888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Join our Volunteering Info Contact Group
Finding volunteer opportunities
Thought about volunteering, but unsure what it’s all about and how to find the right volunteer position for you?
Here are some options to help with information about volunteering and where volunteers are needed. This list is a good start if you are not quite sure where to go.
Volunteering at a non-government Community Centre
There are neighbourhood houses and community centres run by not-for-profit local organisations that provide social, educational and recreational activities for their communities, in a welcoming, supportive environment. Organisations of this kind are managed by volunteer committees and paid staff. From time to time these organisations need the assistance of volunteers across a range of areas. You can contact Non-Council Community Centres in Moonee Valley to find out more about volunteering.
With GoVolunteer online tool you can search for volunteer positions nationally. You can search by organisation type, position or post code.
Volunteer West is your local Volunteer Resource Centre. This not-for-profit community organisation services the western region of Melbourne. They provide information about volunteering, assist members of the community to find suitable volunteering opportunities and promote volunteering throughout the community.
03 9398 1233
Emergency services volunteering
If you want to help out in a crisis the best thing you can do is to get involved with an emergency service or volunteer organisation early. That way you will have gained the experience, training and skills to help out through the organisation you have joined if an emergency happens. Click onwards to see a list of emergency services organisations.
Probono Australia helps people from right across Australia match their skills from industries such as IT, hospitality, design, accounting, law and sales to a relevant and rewarding volunteer role.
Volunteering Victoria is the state peak body for volunteering. They focus on advocacy, sector development and the promotion of volunteering. They offer information about specialised volunteer programs with opportunities for corporate/employee volunteers, people with disabilities, and young people.
03 8327 8500
Look at your local newspaper
Often there are articles about volunteering and community service advertisements that inform people about local volunteering roles.
Contact your local community organisation
Have you noticed a neighbourhood house, community health centre, church, nursing home, sports club, school or other community organisation near where you live? Ask there for information about any volunteering opportunities.
United Nations Online Volunteering
This service promotes cyber-volunteering by connecting volunteers to online assignments with organisations working for sustainable human development. Find out more about the United Nations Online Volunteering program.
Interested in a specific cause?
You might like to search on the internet for organisations that address or respond to issues related to a cause you are passionate about. Look for information on groups that try to effect change in society through advocacy or programs.