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Volunteering

It takes an army of volunteers in a variety of roles to positively impact the lives of more than one million Australians each year. 

Time to give

Volunteers are the human face of our values of dignity, justice, hope, compassion and community. And we’re always on the lookout for outstanding individuals to bring fresh energy and ideas to a range of volunteer roles.

From store assistants to counsellors, Red Shield Appeal donation collectors to driving mentors, homework helpers to foster carers, baristas to photographers – volunteering with us may look different than you expect. And whether you have a few hours a week or just a once-off day to spare, we would love to hear from you.

Check here for a range of volunteer roles we need filled today 

Behind the scenes, skilled professionals can also help deliver our essential programs and services. Marketing and PR, accountants, lawyers, teachers, administrators, you name it – it takes talent of all kinds. And your employer might even offer volunteer incentives, allowing you to offer your time a little easier.

Together we’re strong

Our strength lies in the daily contributions of our volunteers. Café staff, Christmas present wrappers, housing professionals, aged-care facility visitors – every small role adds value to something much bigger. 

Interested in fashion? Volunteer in a Salvos Store near you. A gun basketball player? You could mentor a young person in sport. 

The greatest attribute our volunteers bring is flexibility. If the volunteer role you’re after isn’t available, there are always plenty of positions we need help with. Whatever your skillset, availability or areas of interest, you may surprise yourself with the different ways you can make a difference.

Check here for a range of volunteer roles we need filled today

If you own a business and would like to give a little back, consider a business partnership 


Volunteering at Christmas time

Australians are generous in caring for those in need and this becomes very evident at Christmas time. As Christmas approaches, Salvation Army centres experience a greater influx of those needing support to meet their costs of Christmas such as food and presents for the family, combined with at times no income whilst parents take time off work to look after children. As such our organisation is greatly encouraged by the number of enquiries received by people wanting to volunteer their skills, talents, and time to help Australians doing it tough during the festive season. 

Thankfully, we already have many ongoing Salvation Army volunteers who are available to help out at Christmas time which means that the few extra volunteer roles are in high demand and fill up quickly. And whilst we are always keen to make new connections, especially with those wanting to give generously of their time to our organisation, the volunteer environment is still a workplace that requires appropriate levels of training and support to be in place in order to keep everyone safe. The work required to recruit new volunteers is a real cost for our organisation hence why our centres will tend to rely on our already established volunteers for short term peak demand periods.

Saying that, any volunteer roles which do require extra support during Christmas time will be advertised here. These roles will tend to suit groups of volunteers, where Christmas hampers and presents may need sorting and wrapping. We also call on individuals and those with musical talents to help collect funds at Christmas time. Your support for these activities is always sought in the lead up to Christmas and we encourage you to view these roles via the link above.

If you don’t find a suitable volunteer role at Christmas time, remember our centres are supporting Australians doing it tough 365 days a year, so you may wish to consider other times of the year to volunteer. You can check on volunteer roles any time of the year here.

The other option is to contact your local council or your state’s volunteering peak body for volunteer roles during Christmas time. The peak bodies are:

And finally, if volunteering during Christmas is not an option, please consider a monetary donation. This is most certainly an effective way to improve the lives of people in need both during Christmas and throughout the year. You can donate to our Christmas Appeal here.

From the Volunteer Resources team, we sincerely thank you for your generous consideration to support our organisation through volunteering and wish you a joyous and peaceful Christmas.