More than five million Australians volunteer each year. These volunteers contribute more than 700 million hours of community service to many areas of society including health care, the arts, sport, the environment, education, emergency services and social justice.
The City of Whitehorse is fortunate to have a vibrant volunteer community. Many of the groups and services that operate in Whitehorse could not do so without the support and effort of our volunteers.
Council itself engages more than 500 volunteers in many different roles and programs including food services, Walking School Bus, park advisory committees, homework and study group programs and more. Our volunteers are crucial to the delivery of many of our services and add value in many different ways.
The reasons people choose to volunteer are many and varied. These include:
Read the Volunteer Profiles page to learn more about the reasons why people volunteer.
Some of the sectors in which volunteers play a central role include:
Volunteer mentor drivers are needed to help deliver the ‘L2P’ learner driver mentor program. The L2P program helps disadvantaged young learner drivers who may not have access to a car and a supervisor to clock up the required 120 hours of driver training to get their probationary licence. Council provides the car, petrol, insurance and vehicle registration. To get involved in the program or for more information, contact the Manningham/Whitehorse L2P Project Officer Isabel Machuca on 9846 0537.
L2P Nov 2016 (85.17kB)
Are you interested in local history? Did you know that the Box Hill region was the birthplace of Australian Impressionism? Do you enjoy talking to people about art and history? The Whitehorse Artspace just might be the place for you. Roles include administration; cataloguing artworks and memorabilia; exhibition installation and dismantling; gallery sitting; guiding; marketing and research.
Cruzin' Study is a multicultural youth homework support program that aims to provide culturally and linguistically diverse young people with access to additional language and study support to provide the essential opportunity to achieve optimum educational outcomes. If you are a professional who has worked in the educational field and are able to tutor up to Year 12, this role may suit you.
Do you have a love of nature and enthusiasm to share it with the community? Blackburn Lake Sanctuary provides opportunities for many volunteer activities including school and community education programs (guided walks, talks, hands-on activities, environmental games); staffing the visitor centre; Water Watch monitoring; weed control; advisory committee; mulching; tree planting and seed collection.
Volunteers with special interests in conservation, or in communication and community education are sought to support this important bushland reserve. Tasks include conservation work, including weeding and planting, and staffing the Information Centre. In particular, the committee is in process of setting up an education program for school visits and needs volunteers to get this established.
Download the Combined Parks Calendar (260.98kB) for dates regarding working bees, information sessions and school holiday programs.
Volunteers are needed to pick up meals and deliver them to frail older people and people with disabilities living in their own homes. Monitoring the wellbeing of the recipient and reporting any concerns is a vital part of your role. You will be a valued member of the team and training and support will be provided.
The City of Whitehorse is fortunate to have a vibrant volunteer community. Many of the organisations that operate in Whitehorse could not do so without the support and commitment of volunteers. Council recognises and values the contribution that volunteers make to our local community and the vital role that these volunteers play by strengthening and enhancing community connectedness.
Council and Eastern Volunteers have produced a booklet titled Get Involved – Local Volunteering Opportunities (1.85MB). The booklet profiles local community organisations and their volunteering opportunities.
Almost 100 organisations are included in the booklet, highlighting a myriad of volunteering roles including working with the elderly, young people, children, animals and recently arrived migrants.
There is something for any interest – history, the environment, craft, health, technology and many more areas.
We hope that this booklet will be a valuable tool for anyone who is thinking about getting involved in their local community through volunteering. We also hope it will be a vehicle for spreading the word about the hugely varied and invaluable contributions local volunteer-involving organisations make to the local community.
For more information about volunteering in Whitehorse, call 9262 6333 and ask to speak to Council’s Civic Participation/Volunteer Officer.
379-397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading, Victoria 3131
Tel: (03) 9262 6333 Fax: (03) 9262 6490Email: firstname.lastname@example.org