What is volunteering?

Volunteering is an activity that involves willingly spending time to help benefit a person, people, environment or community. More than 1.5 million Victorians volunteer their time, skills and experience, and in one way or another make a huge contribution to our local communities.

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Why Volunteer?

Volunteering is a great way for people, regardless of their age, cultural background, location or circumstances, to get involved in the community and make a positive contribution.  In addition to the satisfaction of helping out for the benefit of others, there are many reasons people volunteer such as:

  • connecting with others and improving social ties
  • positively engaging and being active within the community
  • experiencing new challenges
  • raising awareness and supporting important community issues
  • interacting with different cultures
  • contributing to social change
  • developing professional networks
  • finding a pathway to getting a job, course or training
  • developing new skills or gaining experience in a variety of roles
  • exploring different career and job opportunities.

Research has also found a significant connection between volunteering and good health, showing that volunteering can (Vic Health, 2012):

  • alleviate depression
  • increase satisfaction with life
  • lower the frequency of hospitalisation
  • boost a person’s ability to cope with illness.

How do you find out more?

Volunteering Victoria is the state peak body for volunteering, with a focus on advocacy, sector development and the promotion of volunteering in Victoria. It also contains the volunteering portal where you can find opportunities to volunteer.