Volunteer with us
The Brotherhood’s many and varied community programs rely on one thing to keep them going; volunteers. Without the tremendous contribution from people willing to give their time for a greater cause, our work for an Australia free of poverty would be greatly diminished. Hundreds of people from all walks of life and for many different reasons help us in our work with disadvantaged Australians.
Brigid and Bev are two of our volunteers whose vastly different stories about volunteering show the breadth of reasons to volunteer as well as the multitude of rewards that can come from giving one’s time for a greater cause.
Volunteer in 2013 and make a difference!
My name is Brigid and I’m a 23-year-old student studying my Masters in Communication, majoring in public relations. I also volunteer one day a week at the Brotherhood of St Laurence, assisting with events and projects run by the communications department.
The Brotherhood has given me the opportunity to assist with coordinating events, develop brochures and other promotional material, undertake online competitor analysis and liaise with media personnel, photographers, community members and Brotherhood clients.
Continue reading Brigid's volunteer story (PDF file, 230 KB)
I was 19 when I started volunteering for the Brotherhood. I was living in the high rises and had a lot of spare time so decided to help out at the Fitzroy Food Corporation, which was run by the Brotherhood back then. Three days a week, I would get up early and go to the market to buy fresh fruit and vegetables, and then we would sell them cheaply to people in the area. This was in the 1970s and I was unable to get full-time work due to my disability.
Now, aged 61, I volunteer at the Brotherhood’s Breakfast Club. Since it started, I have volunteered every morning, five days a week, from 7am to 9am. First thing in the morning, I clean the hall, set up the tables and get everything ready to feed the kids.
Continue reading Bev's volunteer story (PDF file, 211 KB)
Volunteer with us
People volunteer for many different reasons, but overwhelmingly the reward comes through making a positive difference in the community, facing new challenges, meeting new people and finding broader horizons.
We have a wide range of opportunities for individuals or organisations to contribute to our work with disadvantaged Australians. Please use the links below to find out more information and get contact details to discuss your interest in volunteering. We look forward to hearing from you.