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Make a difference in your community

Our volunteers help to empower vulnerable families, children and individuals to reach their full potential.

Volunteering is a rewarding experience and a great opportunity to stay active in the community, meet new people, and to use your passion and skills to help others (as well as building new skills and experiences!).

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Our volunteers make a substantial contribution

Volunteers play a critical role in the delivery of our services at CatholicCare Victoria. 

In fact, around 10% of the services we provide to people in need wouldn’t be possible without the support of our volunteers.

10,000 hours

of support contributed in FY20


estimated value of support


Our volunteers run and support a range of services including:

  • administrative support at a number of our offices 
  • Emergency Relief intake 
  • English conversation classes for newly arrived refugees
  • academic support and encouragement for disadvantaged adults enrolled in our Clemente program
  • event help and organisation
  • sewing groups
  • homework clubs 
  • pastoral support in prisons and hospitals

We are grateful for the many wonderful people who give their time, skills and experience to help us respond to an ever-increasing demand for our services.

By volunteering, they contribute to making our community a better place and provide hope for a brighter future.

Can I volunteer with CatholicCare Victoria?

We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds, life stages and with a broad range of skills. Volunteers under 18 years of age must have written consent from a parent or legal guardian.

Current volunteering opportunities

Emergency Relief Volunteer

Volunteer Emergency Relief workers assist people in addressing basic needs in times of financial distress. This is a great volunteer opportunity to gain client assessment & support experience within the welfare services sector.

Learn more or make an enquiry below!

Contact: Matt Walton | T (03) 9926 5699 

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Emergency Relief Volunteer - more information:

Emergency Relief is provided via a client interview, through the distribution of vouchers, food parcels, and assistance with bill/debt payment, information and referral support to relevant community support services.

Key duties include:

  • Interview Clients to conduct assessment of presenting needs
  • Provide Emergency Relief within guidelines and program resources
  • Advocate for clients as needed and provide information on other support services
  • Provide quality customer service and care
  • Maintain Clients Records, upholding client confidentiality at all times

Skills required: Good interpersonal and client interviewing skills, customer service focus, basic computer skills, confidential recording, supported referrals.

Locations: Warragul, Ballarat, Horsham

Time required: Warragul - Mondays OR Tuesdays (10:00am-2:00pm); Ballarat/Horsham - weekday negotiable, 9:30am- 3pm (working from home initially)

Commencing: As early as practicable

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Prison Ministry Volunteers

Volunteers in our Catholic Prison Ministry support our chaplaincy in prisons – they respond to the diverse personal, spiritual and religious needs of prisoners and staff.

To apply for this volunteering role or to learn more, please submit a Volunteering enquiry.

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Prison Ministry Volunteers - more information:

We are looking for volunteers who are good listeners, who have an understanding of people and an appreciation of the challenges of our lives, and who are wanting to make a positive difference to the lives of residents living in prisons.

Locations & time required:
- Dame Phyllis Frost Centre, Deer Park (women's prison) | Thursdays
- Geelong
- Ballarat
- Ararat

Commencing: As early as practicable, Covid-permitting

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Clemente Volunteers

Are you looking for a rewarding opportunity to volunteer in Education support? People with degree qualifications are required to help tutor and support adult students who are experiencing marginalization due to poverty, refugee status, addiction, mental health issues, and other forms of social exclusion.

Learn more or make an enquiry below!

Contact: Matt Walton | T (03) 9926 5699 

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Clemente Volunteers - more information:

The Clemente Fitzroy program (ACU in partnership with CatholicCare) provides a pathway into increased personal agency and social integration, as well as the opportunity to engage with study, realise possibilities, and achieve their potential. The Learning Partner will be matched with an adult student to provide tutoring support, direction and encouragement at weekly sessions, over 12 weeks in Semester One. 

This is a rewarding and challenging role in a proven successful program, requiring people with empathy, support and an appreciation of the demands of academic study.

Location: Remote online / ACU Fitzroy

Time required: 1.5 hours weekly on Thursdays, 5:30-7:00pm + reading time

Commencing: Thursday 3rd March 2022, 5:30pm (Induction evening)

Duration of project: 12 weeks - Semester One 2022

Subject of study: Subjects are in the humanities/social sciences field

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Register to volunteer with us

If you would like to register for a volunteering position or if you’re interested in volunteering with us, please submit a volunteering enquiry below.

If you’ve been selected for a volunteering position with us, we will ask you to:

  1. complete a Registration Form

  2. read and sign a Confidentiality Agreement and Volunteer Declaration

  3. undergo a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check (we will reimburse the cost of this when you commence voluntary work).

Volunteering enquiry form

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Want to learn more about CatholicCare Victoria and how you can get involved?