All volunteer stories

Life Saving 'dynamo' says everybody has something to offer

Katrina Antony with surfboard on beach
Not everyone has Katrina's energy, but she says that shouldn't stop anyone from doing some sort of volunteer work. 'We should all be giving back in some way. Even giving a couple of hours to a community organisation is so rewarding, and especially important in small communities.'  Read more about how Katrina contributes

A passion for helping native wildlife

brushtail possum nestled in human hand
Katherine Lohse loves animals and now she's helping to save them, as a volunteer with Wildlife Victoria. Read Katherine's story

Station Master's hobby keeps Puffing Billy on track

John Tunks beside Puffing Billy
John Tunks has been working with heritage train Puffing Billy for 14 years and says his primary objective is to make people's day enjoyable. Read John's story

Scout leader - what an adventure!

Gary Park with scouts
Gary Park is proud of his role with the Scouts - leading young people in adventures and personal development, as well as developing his own skills. Read Gary's story

Red Cross volunteer loves to lend a hand

Ian and Judy Gray
Being a great communicator helps Ian Gray reach out to people who need a hand. He and wife Judy were two of the more than 1300 volunteers who helped Victorians recover from floods throughout the year. Read more about their experiences

Lions Club is a hobby that lets Max give back

Max Oberlander of the Lions club
Max's official duties as Lions Club District Governor kept him as busy as any full time job would. He calls the Lions his hobby and but he relishes the opportunities it gives him to contribute to the community. Read Max's story

Berry Street stalwart inspired by foster carers

Valerie Freeland at Berry Street with young people
Valerie Freeland loves kids and she feels 'humbly proud' to volunteer with Berry Street, helping children, young people and families. Read her heart-warming story

Former client is now a volunteer - and loves it!

Jawad Erfani at AMES
The Adult Multicultural Employment Service (AMES) helped Jawad Erfani settle in Australia and now he's helping others as a volunteer there. Read Jawad's story

Broadcaster helps make history

Peter Winckler loves his volunteer role as a radio presenter with Vision Australia, and he's also getting involved in a local history project, interviewing residents about their early memories. Read Peter's story

Guides give girls a great start

Sarah Stebbins and young guides
Sarah Stebbins loves volunteering with the Guides. She says the most rewarding thing about being a volunteer os giving her time and skills with no expectation of gain. Read Sarah's story

Salvos volunteer blames 'a touch of fate'

Frank Hibbert on the phone for the Salvos
Frank Hibbert has been a high-powered executive, but his background and experience also made him a great fit role at the Salvation Army. And even better, he says it's great fun. Read Frank's story

Nature lover keeps a great resource 'on track'

Alvin Cram at Great West Walks sign
Ex-teacher Alvin Cram has a passion for frogs, birds and the environment and as a volunteer he's able to contribute and enjoy the benefits, volunteering with the Great South West Walk. Read Alvin's story

Ageing positively - a life changing experience

John Doutch City of Casey
John Doutch hadn't planned for an active retirement but he found the transition to a life of leisure wasn't as enjoyable as he expected. So now he's involved in his community as a volunteer for COTA and loving it! Read John's story

Welcome support for families in hospital

Judy Browning standing at reception desk
Judy Browning knew first hand what it felt like to be a mum with a child in hospital - and when her own children were out of primary school she started volunteering at the Royal Childrens hospital, providing practical help to families with kids undergoing treatment. Read Judy's story

A helping hand brings peace of mind

Dot Nash and other volunteers, Sunraysia Cancer Resource Centre
Dot Nash and her fellow volunteers at Sunraysia Cancer Resources in Mildura provide practical help at a time when people really need it - even if it's just providing an ear and a cup of tea. Read Dot's story

Advocate volunteers her voice for rights!

Madeline Sobb YAC Vic
Madeleine Sobb loves her volunteer role with the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVIC) which gives her the opportunity to speak up for the rights of people with disabilities. With the skills she's learning as a volunteer, she's also looking forward to expanding her advocacy. Read Madeleine's story

Film editor's secret life as 'petrol head'

Peter Johnstone Yooralla
Yooralla volunteer Peter Johnstone may seem at first to be a mild-mannered expert in video production and editing, but dig a little deeper and you'll see he has another passion - car racing. Read his story

Keeping weeds at bay

Penny Roberts Landcare
Penny Roberts may have started with Landcare by accident, but what she's achieved as a volunteer is more about hard work, dedication and a commitment to community engagement. Read Penny's story

Clunes: a culture of volunteering

Tess Brady Clunes Booktown
With 101 tasks to make Clunes Booktown Festival possible each year, volunteers are an essential part of making it happen. Creative Director Tess Brady makes sure that volunteer needs and comfort are her top priority. Read Tess's story

Support and a cool head to the rescue

Louise Bohmer's role as a volunteer Ambulance First Responder has her doing anything from delivering babies to attending major road accidents. Read Louise's story

More than 'messing about with boats'

Alex Fowler (Vice Captain – Associate Membership, Gippsland Coast Guard Squadron) and Jean Barallon (Flotilla Media Liaison Officer, Carrum) are both very at home in the water. Their volunteer roles are varied, and include rescue, running training courses and working with the water police. Read their stories

Variety is the spice of life for these Wimmera volunteers

John and Sandra Bamkin have a wide range of skills and they've volunteered for countless organisations over the decades. They believe that volunteering a great way to feel alive, vibrant and young at heart. Read their story

Cricket is a healing force in local community

Matthew Shawcross is the head coach of the Sunshine Heights Cricket Club under 13s Ntini team. He says that the cricket team has helped the boys educationally, socially and emotionally. Read Matthew's story

Volunteer firefighter 'petrified' at first

Sue Mountain Yarrambat CFA
First Lieutenant of Yarrambat Fire Brigade, volunteer Sue Mountain not only fights fires - she also runs its junior program and recruits new volunteers to the CFA. She says her brigade is like a family and volunteering makes you feel like a better person. Read her story

Leisure networks help dreams come true

Reagan Low Leisure Networks
For shy Reagan Low and aspiring herpetologist Jess Mentiplay, Leisure Networks has offered opportunities to volunteer - and changed their lives. Both Reagan and Jess have gained confidence, learned skills and made new friends. Read their story

SES - keeping it in the family

Martin Ledwich SES
SES volunteer Martin Ledwich likes the strong bonds he's formed with the people he serves with at the Cragieburn unit. And the SES also introduced him to 4WDs, a passion of his. Read Martin's story

Broadcasting - not just bands and local bulletins

matthew romania kinglake ranges radio
When he answered an advertisement in the local paper to train as a volunteer broadcaster, Matthew Romania had no idea what an important role the station would soon play in his life. Read Matthew's story

Keeping it sustainable

john stewart kinglake cfa
John Stewart may have started his volunteer work with the CFA by filling school watertanks, but now he's secretary of more than one organisation and loving it. Read his story.

Local dynamo makes connections to contribute

Brad Quilliam
Local dynamo Brad Quilliam has been an active participant in rebuilding efforts in Kinglake. He's a business man who is also very busy serving his community in a volunteer capacity - in all kinds of ways. Read his story

Passion and planned approach provide a satisfying balance

Greg Keane thought carefully about volunteering with the Asylym Seeker Resource Centre before he took the plunge - and now he's contributing to an organisation whose values he passionately agrees with, and adding to his skills at the same time! Read his story

Learning and sharing social history gives volunteers a buzz

Volunteer standing outside the Bendigo Post Office Gallery
Jan Monro and Lyn Wright volunteer at the Post Office Gallery. They both love social history and they are passionate about sharing information with visitors. Both Lyn and Jan agree that the most important quality for a volunteer is to really like what you do. Read their story