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  • All.u.re Workshop
    All.u.re Workshop
    All.u.re Workshop is an organisation run by young people, for young people, dedicated to helping girls value themselves from the INSIDE out. All.u.re run fun, interactive workshops in schools and have recently branched into Valour workshops for guys. All.u.re is seeking volunteers to join their rapidly expanding team. Based in Sydney but runs workshops nation-wide.
  • Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

    Asylum Seeker Resource Centre 

    Volunteers at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre work alongside staff to improve the quality of life of asylum seekers in Australia. With over 25 different programs operating at the ASRC there are many ways that volunteers can get involved and make a real difference to the lives of asylum seekers.
  • Australian Red Cross Blood Service

    Australian Red Cross Blood Service

    The Australian Red Cross Blood Service provides blood products to the Australian health system to meet medical, surgical, emergency and trauma needs for Australian patients and hospitals. All blood donations are voluntary. This is a great ongoing activity for your youth group to do. To find out more about donating blood or to organise a group donation contact 13 14 95.
  • Capuchin Friars' Outreach
    Capuchin Friars' Outreach
    The Capuchin Friars of South Melbourne provide meals, food parcels and a place to drop in during the week. There are several opportunities to volunteer in the meal service and on the food van. Volunteers work alongside the friars in putting their faith into action; experiencing first hand the gospel truth that there is more joy in giving than in receiving (cf. Acts 20:35). Contact Fr Dean: 0422 852 273
  • Caroline Chisholm Society
    Caroline Chisholm Society
    The Caroline Chisholm Society supports families from the moment they learn they are pregnant until their children go to school. Our services include pregnancy counselling and support, material aid and family support. Volunteers sort material aid, raise money, support clients through the Mentor and Handy Home Helpers Programs and assist with administration.
  • CatholicCare
    CatholicCare supports families and individuals through programs that address the needs of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in society. These services include marriage and relationship education, family and school counselling, pastoral services and refugee settlement support.  Volunteers assist in areas including clerical and administrative support, counselling, IT and student mentoring. 
  • Children First Foundation
    Children First Foundation
    Children First facilitates surgery in Australia for children from developing countries unable to provide the treatment they need. They are cared for pre- and post-surgery at a Rehabilitation Farm in Kilmore, an hour from Melbourne, where staff are supported by a team of volunteers.
  • Don Bosco Camp
    Don Bosco Camp
    Don Bosco Camp is based in Safety Beach and has been running holiday camps for poor and disadvantaged young people for over 70 years. The camps are for young people aged 9 to 16 and run annually in the summer and winter school holidays. 
    The holiday camps are run by volunteer leaders who are passionate about working with and for young people. Prior to leading on holiday camps, volunteers participate in an annual Leadership Camp; a week long training program designed to provide leaders with a variety of tools, techniques and, most importantly, hands on experience in working with young people. The Leadership Camp runs every December and is open to all young people 17 years and older. If being a camp leader sounds like your cup of tea, get in touch!
  • Edmund Rice Camps Inc
    Edmund Rice Camps Inc
    Edmund Rice Camps is a Melbourne-based charity providing camps for children and families who are disadvantaged, supported with a one to one ratio by primarily young volunteers in an atmosphere of acceptance, care and fun.
  • Edmund Rice Community & Refugee Services (ERCRS)
    Edmund Rice Community & Refugee Services (ERCRS)
    ERCRS operates in the western suburbs of Melbourne.   Its mission is to provide free learning support, and opportunities for social and recreational participation to students (both primary and secondary) of a refugee or disadvantaged background.   ERCRS empowers volunteers from the community who are able to provide critical one-to-one learning support to the students who access our services
  • Friends of Refugees Melbourne
    Friends of Refugees Melbourne
    Friends of Refugees Melbourne along with Heathgrove Study Centre aims to empower families from refugee/asylum seeker backgrounds and volunteers through integration and educating each other with life's rich experiences. We strengthen our integration and bonds with programs including, Detention Centre Visits, Home Visits, School Holiday Program, Study Group and an Annual BBQ.
  • Good Shepherd
    Good Shepherd
    Good Shepherd has been supporting people, especially women and girls, battling poverty and disadvantage for 150 years in Australia. Good Shepherd Youth & Family Service is part of a network that reaches right across the country, helping women and girls to be safe, resilient and self-sufficient. 
  • Jesuit Social Services
    Jesuit Social Services
    Jesuit Social Services works to build a just society where all people can live to their full potential, by partnering with the community to support those most in need and working to change policies, practices, ideas and values that perpetuate inequality, prejudice and exclusion. Jesuit Social Services programs are located in a number of regions in metropolitan Melbourne.
  • John Pierce Centre for Deaf Ministry
    John Pierce Centre for Deaf Ministry
    The John Pierce Centre serves deaf and hearing-impaired people and their families throughout Victoria. The Centre operates within a Catholic ethos and seeks to empower all deaf people and their families to live a full life. 
  • L'Arche
    L’Arche (The Ark) is an intentional Christian community where people with and without an intellectual disability share daily life together. The L’Arche rhythm of life is one of prayer, care, work, and celebration, living the beatitudes of Jesus in everyday life. 
  • Little Sisters of the Poor
    Little Sisters of the Poor
    The Little Sisters of the Poor welcome young people to volunteer at their nursing homes, in groups or individually, on a long-term or short-term basis to spend time with residents, provide recreation, or perform a variety of services. 
  • MacKillop Family Services
    MacKillop Family Services
    MacKillop Family Services provide a wide range of specialist support services to some of Victoria’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, young people and their families. MacKillop is committed to both direct service provision and broader social change through advocacy and social policy and they are always looking for committed volunteers to assist with their work.
  • Marist Youth Ministry
    Marist Youth Ministry
    Marist Youth Ministry welcomes young people from across Melbourne who share a passion for growing in faith and being a witness to Christ, today. One of the Marist Youth Ministry initiatives in “Toastie Run”, where young people gather to prepare toasted sandwiches for our homeless friends. Inspired by St Marcellin Champagnat, Marist Youth Ministry endeavour to be a ministry of companionship an love. 
  • McAuley Community Services for Women
    McAuley Community Services for Women
    McAuley Community Services for Women provides much needed services for women and their children who are escaping family violence, and for women who are homeless. By becoming a volunteer and supporting McAuley, you will form part of a team working to help women and children have safer, brighter lives, while also gaining a unique and valuable personal experience.
  • Mercy Health
    Mercy Palliative Care
    Mercy Palliative Care provide support to peope in their own homes who require palliative care in the western region of Melbourne. Palliative Care is for people who have an advanced stage disease, for which there is no longer a cure. A range of services is provided including bursing, allied health, bereavement and volunteer support. 
  • mind Australia
    mind Australia 
    Established nearly 40 years ago, Mind Australia is a leading provider of community mental health support services with over 60 service sites. If you have a passion to assist those with mental health concerns, you do not need specific skills or experience in mental health – we look for people who have compassion for those experiencing mental ill health and the time to give to make a difference.  
  • Missionaries of Charity
    Missionaries of Charity
    The Missionaries of Charity were founded by Mother Teresa of Calcutta to serve the poorest of the poor. Here in Fitzroy the Missionaries of Charity provide an evening meal to homeless and needy men five evenings a week. Volunteers assist in serving the meal, interacting with the clients and cleaning up.  Contact Sr Liezer M.C. on 9415 1011. 
  • Pallotti College
    Pallotti College
    Pallotti College is a charitable organisation run entirely by volunteers. The core ministry is hospitality as a retreat and conference centre. Pallotti College engage in various forms of outreach including a regular soup kitchen, emergency accommodation and visitation. 
  • Prison Network Ministries
    Prison Network Ministries
    Prison Network Ministries is an inter-denominational Christian organisation that responds to the practical, emotional and spiritual needs of women in the Victorian prison system, and the needs of their children and families.
  • Rosies Oblate Youth Mission

    Rosies Oblate Youth Mission
    Rosies is an outreach service that offers friendship and hospitality through the simple gesture of a free hot or cold drink, each Wednesday and Friday night.  A team of up to a dozen 18-30 year-old volunteers provide a welcoming and safe environment on Flinders Street, especially for those who appear homeless or lonely. 
  • Sacred Heart Mission
    Sacred Heart Mission
    Sacred Heart Mission is a not-for-profit organisation based in St Kilda, founded by Fr. Ernie Smith. Sacred Heart Mission offer a range of services to some of the most marginalised and vulnerable in the community, those experiencing disadvantage and homelessness. Volunteers are engaged in the meals program, op shops and play a vital role in spporting staff and clients.
  • Shekinah Homeless Services
    Shekinah Homeless Services Inc 

    Shekinah Homeless Services Inc. is a network of nine Catholic member organisations that provide accommodation and support services to homeless people. The services work across a variety of homelessness services from day centres to emergency accommodation. There are a range of on-going volunteering opportunities available. Phone: 03 9417 6497
  • St Vincent de Paul Society
    St Vincent de Paul Society
    The St Vincent de Paul Society was founded by a 20-year-old student named Frederic Ozanam in 1833. It was established by like-minded individuals who wished to put their faith into action. Today across Melbourne and Victoria there are many young adults who volunteer their time running activity days for kids in their local area, camps, soup vans, op shops, and home visitation. 
  • VCC Emergencies Ministry
    The VCC Emergencies Ministry trains volunteers to provide Psychological First Aid and Emotional Spiritual during and after emergency events.  Our volunteers are trained to be a calm and compassionate presence.  We have the time to talk with and support affected people.  
Full time ministry
  • Kimberley Catholic Volunteers
    Kimberley Catholic Volunteers
    The Diocese of Broome seeks volunteers to enable the church to continue an active presence amongst local people in Broome and in remote aboriginal communities. 
  • NET Ministries Australia
    NET Ministries Australia
    The National Evangelisation Team is looking for single men and women aged 18-30 to spend 10 months sharing the Gospel with 30,000 young people across Australia. A year on NET begins with a six-week intensive program with other faith filled people where you receive formation in areas such as Prayer & Scripture, Evangelisation, Catholic Spirituality, Liturgy, Ministry Skills and Christian personal relationships to equip you for ministry with your peers. 
  • Youth Mission Team (YMT) Australia
    Youth Mission Team (YMT) Australia
    YMT Australia is a unique missionary opportunity for young people who want to offer 12 months of their lives to give their peers a message of hope. YMT members live in teams which facilitate powerful and energetic programs for schools and churches, as well as weekly youth groups and weekend camps. YMT members grow in faith and character, experience the dynamic of team work and how to grow in close committed friendships, and discover and develop their leadership potential.
Overseas volunteering
  • Jesus Youth Tech Missionaries
    Jesus Youth Tech Ministries   
    Missionaries for the new matrix: offers students and technology professionals an innovative, collaborative, creative and professional platform to deploy and sharpen their skill set in diverse domains by working on curated, ethical, technological projects along with experienced professionals from around the globe. Looking for specialist in computer, software and web programming and development as well as designers, video and social media specialists and content writers. More information DOWNLOAD THE PDF FOR FULL DETAILS or email  officedesk@jesusyouth.org.au
  • Catholic Mission
    Catholic Mission  
    Catholic Mission’s immersion initiative is a short-term opportunity for people who want to experience life, faith and justice from a new perspective and return home inspired to live mission in Australia. 
  • The Cagliero Project
    The Cagliero Project
    The Cagliero Project gives young Australians an opportunity to devote six to twelve months in volunteer service to youth overseas and in Australia. Run by the Salesians of Don Bosco, volunteers live in Salesian communities, work in Salesian projects such as schools, youth centres, oratories and mission centres, and commit themselves to a Salesian spirituality and lifestyle. 
  • Edmund Rice Volunteers
    Edmund Rice Volunteers
    Edmund Rice Volunteers participate in the justice and development work of the Edmund Rice network especially in Oceania and around the world. 
  • Emmanuel School of Mission
    Emmanuel School of Mission
    The Emmanuel Schools of Mission are a nine-month formation program founded on communal life, prayer, intellectual and spiritual formation, and evangelisation at the service of the Church. The program incorporates weekly missionary activities and intensive 10-day missions. Opportunities are available in both Rome and Manila.
    FIDESCO is an international relief organization that sends volunteers for two years to poor and under-resourced areas of the world to make their professional skills available through humanitarian and development projects. FIDESCO has a strong international presence through local partnerships in 40 countries. 
  • Heart's Home
    Heart's Home
    Heart’s Home is an inter­na­tional Catholic orga­nisa­tion founded in 1990 to foster and spread a cul­ture of com­pas­sion. Volunteers are spread through 41 Heart’s Home in 22 countries where they assist and form deep per­sonal bonds with trou­bled, dis­ad­van­taged and socially iso­lated people in some of the world’s most des­perate areas. Heart’s Home volunteers base their mission on compassion, community life, and prayer. Contact Leeanne at 0401 522 996
  • LaSallian Youth Share the Mission
    LaSallian Youth Share the Mission
    Share the Mission provides committed and talented volunteers to Lasallian works for a period of nine months full-time, and creatively provides an avenue for volunteers to serve, grow, change their own life, and the lives of others who are marginalised. Share the Mission is an opportunity to be formally associated for the Lasallian mission whilst connected to a community of de La Salle brothers for inspiration and discipleship. 
  • Melbourne Overseas Mission
    Melbourne Overseas Mission
    Melbourne Overseas Missions (MOM) is an Australian-based charity committed to assisting developing countries by encouraging self-help and self-reliance, advocating human rights and enhancing gender equality. It was founded in 1968 by Cardinal James Knox to provide assistance to developing countries as an outreach of the Catholic Church community in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.  Most positions are around 12 months. 
  • Oblate Partners in Mission
    Oblate Partners in Mission
    Partners in Mission (PIM) is a program of the Australian Province of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate which offers people who identify with the spirit of St Eugene de Mazenod the opportunity to work as part of an Oblate Mission and develop their own faith by helping others and living in community. 
  • Palms Australia
    Palms Australia
    Palms is an independent Australian volunteer organisation experienced in recruiting, preparing, sending and supporting volunteers for work overseas and in cross-cultural situations. Palms responds to requests from international communities, predominantly in the Pacific, Asia and Africa, by sending skilled Australian volunteers abroad as part of a skills exchange program. Most volunteer options range from 12 – 36 months however there are limited short term options.
  • Vincentian Volunteers UK
    Vincentian Volunteers UK
    Over the last 25 years, the Vincentian family has offered an experience for young people aged from 18-35 which involves living in community and working with the poorest in our society. It is an opportunity to live out Gospel values and faith practically in a faith-filled community in the UK. Spend a year that will change your life.
  • Young Men of God
    Young Men of God
    Young Men of God run yearly mission trips to the Philippines, for young men aged 18-35.
Other organisations
  • Caritas
    Caritas Australia
    Caritas Australia is founded on the principles of Catholic Social Teaching (CST). It belongs to one of the largest international aid and development networks in the world - Caritas Internationalis - a network of 162 Catholic relief, development and social service organisations working to build a better world, in over 200 countries and territories.
  • Faith Doing Justice
    Faith Doing Justice
    This web resource is a partnership between Church Resources and the Loyola Institute to provide resources fostering a faith that does justice. Subscribe to their monthly newsletter by emailing newsletter@faithdoingjustice.com.au. This newsletter lists events and projects available from the Jesuit network.
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