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What type of volunteer activities do you get involved in?

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There are so many places which require volunteer help from members of the community, including op shops, schools, councils, etc. Thankfully, there are many people in the community who donate their time to such volunteer projects.

What are some of your considerations before you take on a volunteer project?

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There are many ways to volunteer in Australia. Some of the prominent volunteering activities are:
1. If you are interested in law then you can volunteer at the local legal centres.
2. If you are time poor you can volunteer at the local op shop, local library's english language classes for immigrants, local churches and temples, every week for few hours.
3. If you like to experience new things then you can volunteer at various festivals such as Royal Melbourne Show, Swedish Festival, Japanese Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival.
4. You can also volunteer to organise and administer family and work events.

Volunteering is a great way to help people, earn some good karma, get exposure to varied experiences and enjoy perks like free entries to shows and festivals.
I should probably volunteer more often but I tend to put my hand up to help at one-off events because they don't demand too much of my time and I know I'll be free. Things like writers' festivals and other community events.
Volunteering has been a wonderful part and still is in my life.
I have been going into jails now for 13 yrs, and just being a positive for the inmates...someone they can talk too.
I also for the last year have been going into brothels, to give the girls someone to talk too, and if they want to leave that job...help is at hand.
Because I am a grandmother....it is easy for me, but I would not suggest it for young people, you have to have your wits about you esp-inside the jail.
Volunteering is a non paying job, because they say 'they are priceless' :)
I've volunteered every year at the Relay for Life and also for Christmas gift wrapping for various charities. Both really easy to get involved in and also good fun. I'm just in the process of getting my working with childrens card so I can work at the Ronald McDonald house in Perth on a more regular basis. I've always enjoyed volunteering and have found there are no end of opportunities to get involved in here in Perth. It's a nice way to help the charities that you support and to also meet new people.
Local community events.
I volunteer for the local youth group where I live. There can be so much bad press about teenagers but they're often just looking for something to do.
I volunteered with Meals on Wheels for the longest time but that became impractical after I had my son. At the moment I'm considering doing something with the Multicultural Development Association (http://www.mdainc.org.au/), who do a lot of work providing goods and services for refugees.
I am a carer - visit a 73 y.o. lady who is in need of company. It's up to you what you do i.e. visit, phone or an outing. If they need to do shopping or just get out you can do that too. We usually go to lunch. It's nice for them to have a conversation where someone listens. I have formed a wonderful friendship with my "client" and love this kind of volunteer work.
I do stuff at the kids school (fundraise and ethics teacher) and I do the weekly shopping for an elderly neighbour who can't carry the 'heavy stuff'. (and we have a cup of tea or chat).
It's the time that you need to consider - because once you commit to it, you need to regularly put aside that time.
I assist with the International Rainbow Girls. my friend took me along when I was 12 years old and I am still there. The Assembly is open to girls from 7 to 21 years and the members give many hours of service to the community. Largely in raising funds for local charities. They have a variety of activities and in the school holidays will hold free activities for all children. It is great to see our young people contributing to the community. We meet at the Hawthorn Masonic Centre
I have been a Volunteer since I was about 7 years old,I was Jnr Red Cross it was at school in N.S.W,Now 71, I still Volunteer its very rewarding.Meet wonderful people of all walks of life.There is lots of Volunteer work out there Meals on Wheels, Hospital and Home Visits R.S.L even R.S.P.C.A the list is endless. Just Google Volunteer It will change your life. Jocelyn
I volunteer my time at a historic cemetery in Adelaide as a tour guide. As well as learning lots of new stories about the people buried there, I enjoy meeting the people who come to visit
I manage an op shop in Perth
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