Why Volunteer?

Join the 6 million Australians who were involved in volunteer work in 2010[1]! Volunteers regularly report to being feeling happier, healthier and sleeping better[2]. Ongoing volunteering is also associated with better mental health[3]. More broadly, volunteering is critical in community strengthening. Bridging networks between people from different backgrounds foster positive social norms such as inclusive attitudes and respect[4].

Why volunteer with Servants?

If you are keen to promote social inclusion in a practical way, consider volunteering with us. Servants will give you the unique opportunity to be part of a community of people from all walks of life. Time and time again our volunteers talk about how rewarding their experiences at Servants are, and how the lives of our residents have impacted their own.

You would be joining a team of people committed to breaking down barriers surrounding homelessness and mental health. We are motivated and sincere in bringing about hope to people often marginalised. We seek to make genuine, positive connections with our residents, and do life alongside them.

We’d love to have you join us in this.

We have volunteering opportunities that are geared towards forming relationships, such as monthly BBQs or board game afternoons. We have opportunities for professional skills to be shared, such as cooking and nutrition classes and financial workshops. We have opportunities for practical help too, like cleaning kitchens and collecting and delivering bread to the houses.

We are so grateful you are thinking about volunteering with us. The Servants community is made up of people of all ages and stages, and we would love to have you in the mix!

Volunteer opportunities

What do our volunteers say?

[1] Voluntary Work Australia 2010, op. cit., p.9

[2] Watson, C. 2012, ‘Volunteering is so good for you that doctors should recommend it, experts say’ The Australian, 30 September 2012

[3] Musick, M. A. and Wilson, J. 2003, ‘Volunteering and depression: the role of psychological and social resources in different age groups’, Social Science and Medicine, vol. 56, p. 267

[4] Victorian Government, Indicators of Community Strength in Victoria: Framework and Evidence, Department of Planning and Community Development, 2011, p. 10-11