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Volunteer Opportunities - Christmas Collecting

Salvos Christmas Collecting Activities - a great way for groups and individuals to help those less fortunate this Christmas.

 

Volunteering Options -

Early morning: approx 6.30am to 9am (usually train station collecting)

Day: approx 9am to 5pm (this is split into shifts from 1hr to multiple hours, you choose - train station, shopping centres and CBD Street corner collecting or gift wrapping)

Evening: approx 5.15pm to 9pm (usually train station collecting, or neighbourhood collecting)

How many volunteers?

Generally in groups of 2-4, however we do numerous sites at any one time which mean we could have up to 50 volunteers a day.

When?

Opportunities to volunteer are available from Wed 26 November – Wed 24 December 2014.

How to get involved?

Just let us know the date, time and how many staff would like to get involved and we can organise it!  Contact Lauren Cockerell by email at lauren.cockerell@aus.salvationarmy.org

The reason why we fundraise at Christmas...

The Salvation Army Melbourne runs an annual Christmas fundraising campaign, which is integral to raise funds to support The Salvation Army’s homelessness and outreach programs. Through a range of programs including; The Market Place - an emergency relief/food security service and the Night Outreach Bus which goes out 5 nights per week to feed and monitor Melbourne’s marginally housed and homeless people, The Salvation Army supports over 100,000 people each year who are doing it tough.

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Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

The Salvation Army Melbourne Project 614 could not do their work without the 100's of volunteers helping out each week; from serving our community members in the Hamodava Cafe, to whipping up meals in the Kitchen or heading out on Outreach, we thank you for your amazing contibutions.

There are a number of volunteering opportunities available in the following programs; Mobile Outreach, AMP Youth Bus, The Vault Youth Space, Youth Street Teams, Salvos Metro Transit Teams, The Hammy Live music venue, The Marketplace, Hamodava Cafe, Whole in the Wall Café, Hamodava Coffee Van, The International Couch, Night Watch, Bella's Friendship Club, so contact us to find out more...

To volunteer or for further information please contact:
Lauren Cockerell
Email: lauren.cockerell@aus.salvationarmy.org

For Corporate volunteers please contact:
Email: 614volunteering@aus.salvationarmy.org

 

AMP 614 Youth Bus
The Youth Bus is a safe place for Melbourne's homeless and marginalised youth. A fully refurbished motorcoach parks on Flinders Street every weeknight equipped with a kitchenette, computers, Xbox gaming consoles, a DJ booth, chill out areas and private counselling area. The Youth Bus enables Melbourne Project 614 workers and volunteers to build relationships with vulnerable and isolated young people with the intent to improve their pathways to accommodation, employment and education. The Youth bus operates from 6.30pm to 9.30pm, Monday to Wednesday and Friday afternoons 4pm – 7pm.

Position: The Salvation Army Melbourne run a fun entertainment bus for disadvantaged and homeless youth under 25 years. The AMP Bus parks in Melbourne CBD and sees 70-100 young people a night who come for a bbq, play video games, watch movies, use the internet or connect with legal aid and other services. We are looking for positive people who connect well with young people to assist in preparing food and building friendships with the young people. The Youth bus operates from 6.30pm to 9.30pm, Monday to Wednesday.
Frequency: 1 night per week.

The Vault Youth Space
Purpose-built to engage youth in recreational, social and learning activities during the day. The Vault is a creative, energetic, welcoming and safe environment based at Melbourne Project 614, at 69 Bourke Street Melbourne. The Vault operates from 1pm to 4pm, Monday to Thursday.

Position: The Salvation Army Melbourne run a fun entertainment and recreational space for disadvantaged and homeless youth under 25 years. We are looking for engaging and positive people to build relationships with youth and encourage participation in a number of activities.
Frequency: 1 day per week.

Youth Street Teams
Involves 25 volunteers over the age of 18, who head out in the city, both on foot and in vehicles, every Friday and Saturday night from 11pm until 5am and connect with vulnerable and intoxicated young people.

Working closely with Victoria Police’s Safe Streets and Transit Teams programs as well as Crown, who call Youth Street Teams when they come across patrons who may have had a few too many drinks, have lost their friends, have no way of getting home or are simply going through a tough time and need support.

Position: A Youth Street Teams member will work as part of a team of 20, who split into groups of 4 and head out in the city of Melbourne, on Friday or Saturday nights from 11pm until 5am and connect with vulnerable and intoxicated young people. The role of a team member is to assist their team to positively engage with young people who are out in the city, see how their night is going, hand out water, lollipops and thongs to girls with no shoes. Teams also assist people to get public transport home, provide them with a temporary chillout zone to recuperate or vehicle transport home to make sure they are safe. The program runs every Friday and Saturday night from 11pm-5am. Working with Children card compulsory, first aid preferred.
Frequency: Suggested at least once per month.

Salvos Metro Transit Teams
Salvos Metro Transit Teams extends the scope gained in the Youth Street Teams program to include key train stations and the rail network.

The program sees Salvos Metro Transit Teams head out on foot from Monday to Thursday, 5pm-7pm and both on foot and in vehicles Friday and Saturday nights from 8pm-1am focussing on engaging with the public to create a positive presence on trains and at train stations, improving the perception of public safety and responding to the needs of the public.

The Salvos Metro Transit Teams particularly focuses on connecting with vulnerable, intoxicated and disadvantaged people using the rail network, assisting them to find safe solutions home, working closely with Youth Street Teams to deliver a coordinated support system for people.

Position: A Salvos Metro Transit Teams member will work as part of a team, who split into groups of 3-4 and head out to train stations and on trains and connect with vulnerable, homeless, mentally ill, emotional and intoxicated people. The role of a team member is to assist their team to positively engage with people who use the rail network, see how they are going, hand out water, lollipops and thongs to girls with no shoes. Teams also assist people to get public transport home, or vehicle transport home to make sure they are safe. The program sees Salvos Metro Transit Teams head out on foot from Monday to Thursday, 5pm-7pm and both on foot and in vehicles Friday and Saturday nights from 8pm-1am. Working with Children card compulsory, first aid preferred.
Frequency: Suggested at least once per month.

Night Watch
Night Watch extends the capabilities of the Mobile Outreach and Youth Street Teams services to operate 7 nights per week.  Night Watch will consist of 2 qualified and experienced Salvation Army workers, along with a team of trained volunteers who will be based at 69 Bourke Street, Melbourne, from 11pm-7am, as well as being mobile in Melbourne CBD.

The teams will pro-actively engage with people on the streets, as well responding to calls from Police, Emergency Services and the general public to provide a timely response for a range of inquiries. The teams will assist those experiencing homelessness, those who are alcohol and/or drug affected and those that are underage and needing support, by providing transport to a safe place, accommodation assistance and access to a wide range of support services.
Frequency: Fortnightly.

Bella's Friendship Club
Operating from The Salvation Army Temple, Level 1, 69 Bourke Street Melbourne, Bella’s is open each week night from 6pm-8pm, offering fellowship and fun interaction with others in the community. Bella’s will also provide a meal and refreshments during the evening.

Position:  We are looking for caring and capable volunteers to assist in building relationships with people who visit Bella’s Friendship Club. Volunteers will also assist in the in the food service.
Frequency: Weekly-Fortnightly.

The Marketplace
The provision of food and daily necessities to those who have nothing to what most people consider being essential is a large part of Melbourne Project 614’s daily activity. The Marketplace offers a wide selection of food and other necessities to those who need them most. The Marketplace operates from 9.30am to 12pm, Monday to Friday.

Position: The Salvation Army Melbourne run a supermarket style service where Melbourne’s most disadvantaged community can come and get essential pantry items and clothes from themselves and their families. We are looking for friendly and welcoming volunteers to work on reception and greet people, on the supermarket checkout and stocking shelves. The Marketplace operates from 9.30am to 12pm, Monday to Friday.
Frequency: 1 day per week.

Hamodava Cafe
The Hamodava Cafe, named in tribute of the world’s very first fair trade venture pioneered by The Salvation Army – Hamodava Tea – is a welcoming community centre providing breakfast and lunch, as well as support to people from all walks of life, especially those living on the margins of society. As well as being a place where you can get some of the best coffee in Melbourne, Hamodava Cafe’s primary purpose is about building relationships. Melbourne Project 614 offers a number of services to people including crisis support and intervention, information and practical assistance and importantly, ongoing support for people in crisis. The Hamodava Cafe operates from 9am to 1pm, Monday to Friday.

Position: The Salvation Army Melbourne run a cafe from their CBD based building. They are looking for positive, welcoming people to assist in taking cafe orders, plating and serving food and beverages to Melbourne’s homeless and disadvantaged community. The Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch 9am to 1pm, Monday to Friday.
Frequency: 1 day per week.

Whole in The Wall Cafe
The Whole-in-the-Wall Café is a Social Enterprise, established to provide unique accredited training for homeless and marginalised individuals in Melbourne’s CBD. It offers hands-on experience in an inclusive and supportive environment.

Position: The Salvation Army Melbourne run Whole in the Wall, a social enterprise take-away coffee shop. We are looking for positive and welcoming people to greet customers, take coffee orders, make coffee and chat to people about The Salvation Army programs. The Whole in the Wall is open from 9am to 1pm, Monday to Friday. Barista training essential.
Frequency: 1 day per week.

Hamodava Coffee Van
A mobile coffee van that travels around the CBD, working as a social enterprise. The coffee vans profits going directly to support Melbourne 614's programs. The Hamodava coffee van operates from 11.30pm to 5am, Friday and Saturday nights.

Position: The Salvation Army Melbourne run a coffee van on Friday and Saturday nights at the Queen Street Maxi Cab rank. We are looking for friendly and capable volunteers make coffee and sell hotdogs to partygoers who are exiting the clubs and hand out coffee to Taxi drivers. All proceeds go towards funding The Salvation Army Melbourne’s homelessness programs. Manual car drivers, barista skills and food handling certificate preferred.
Frequency: Suggested at least one night per month.

The International Couch
International students congregate throughout the week at The Couch, based at Melbourne Project 614’s Hamodava Cafe. The Couch links students to support services, information and creates an environment to socialise, interact and engage with like-minded individuals. The Couch operates from 5pm to 9pm, Monday to Thursday.

Position: The Salvation Army Melbourne operates a friendly and welcoming space for international students to learn English, access Pro-bono lawyers and connect socially with like-minded individuals. They are looking for vibrant and inclusive people to network with international students, help prepare and serve food and beverages and make everyone feel welcome. No qualifications required, multi-lingual speakers a bonus! The Couch operates from 5pm to 9pm, Monday to Thursday.
Frequency: 1 night per week.

Mobile Outreach
Homeless men and women of the city of Melbourne are greeted each night by Melbourne Project 614 workers and volunteers and provided with food and hot beverages at many locations throughout the CBD. Our workers and volunteers build meaningful and positive relationships with people suffering social poverty and our housing workers work hard to create pathways out of homelessness for those they meet on outreach. The outreach team operates from 7pm to 10pm, Monday to Friday.

Position: The Salvation Army Melbourne operates a van which provides food and hot beverages at many locations throughout the CBD to disadvantaged and homeless people. We are looking for caring and capable volunteers to assist in food service and building relationships people who visit the van. Manual drivers a bonus. The outreach team operates from 7pm to 10pm, Monday to Friday.

The Kitchen
Food preparation and service are a large and important component for many of the services delivered by The Salvation Army Melbourne Project 614 such as; the Mobile Outreach Van, the AMP 614 Youth Bus, the Hamodava Cafe and The International Couch, so The Kitchen is definitely at the heart of Melbourne Project 614. The Kitchen is open from Monday - Friday, with the food preparation beginning at 8.30am and continuing until approx. 2pm.
Frequency: 1 day per week.

Position: Food preparation and service are a large and important component for many of the services delivered by The Salvation Army Melbourne Project 614 such as; the Mobile Outreach Van, the AMP 614 Youth Bus, the Hamodava Cafe and The International Couch, so The Kitchen is definitely at the heart of Melbourne Project 614. We are looking for positive and friendly volunteers to assist in food preparation and cooking, washing dishes and cleaning the kitchen. The Kitchen is open from Monday - Friday, with the food preparation beginning at 8.30am and continuing until approx. 2pm.

Urban Mission Year Melbourne; Order 614
Position:
Order 614 is an accredited urban mission gap year, in which order members receive training in a certificate 4 in Youth Work and work in a full time volunteer capacity at Melbourne Project 614.   Whilst there are dedicated, more formal learning times each week, under the vocational model of training all the Order’s time here is seen as a learning and growth experience.  As a volunteer you will be working side by side with the Order 614 members. We are looking for passionate, motivated, vibrant and resourceful people who have a heart for helping those less fortunate and are always working on learning and growing.
Frequency: 1 year program.

614 Welcoming committee
Position:
At The Salvation Army Melbourne we want everyone to feel welcomed and included. We are looking for friendly and personable volunteers to welcome everyone who enters the building, including community members, volunteers and the general public. These volunteers will also be trained to inform people about the various Salvation Army programs and services offered. Open Monday-Friday, 8.30am-5.30pm, shifts will be split to 8.30am-1pm and 1pm-5.30pm.
Frequency: 1 day per week.