Volunteering with UnitingCare West can provide a rewarding opportunity to engage directly with the community and provide service, support and a friendly face to people experiencing hardship. Volunteering also develops interpersonal skills, employability skills and can increase self-esteem and personal feelings of wellbeing.
Volunteering plays an important role in our world of work and our career. The contribution made by volunteers enhances the stability, economy and health of a community. It is a great way to gain experience and learn new skills, all of which can help to build a résumé and can assist in obtaining that first job, or getting into the desired course at university. Volunteering develops communication skills, team work and a positive work ethic. It also provides opportunities for career exploration and development.
UnitingCare West currently has over 300 volunteers that regularly provide hours of work and support to people in our services. The schools play a vital role in our volunteer workforce by doing school based initiatives and work at various UCW sites. A guest speaker from any of our programs can come to the school to speak to students about the benefits of volunteering, opportunities for individuals and to enhance class projects.
Volunteering as a staff member is also a great opportunity for schools and teachers to engage in some meaningful professional development, staff bonding and to provide leadership and mentorship to students.
“It is a great opportunity to not only do something for the community but to also encourage St Stephen’s School staff to come together as one school. When I rostered staff I would schedule staff from the Duncraig campus and Carramar campus at the same time to encourage communication and teambuilding.”
Leanne Mizen, Human Resources Team Leader, St Stephen’s School.
“I loved working with the school groups because of the enthusiasm they bring! The students showed a lot of compassion for the children and families they’re helping, and it’s really great to see them all working together to make a difference.”
Karen, Volunteer Project Assistant
For volunteering opportunities and ideas contact the Volunteer Engagement Advisor on 1300 663 298 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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