Why volunteer with us?

By volunteering with Melbourne City Mission, you will be doing your bit, helping us to assist people who are struggling to lead an independent life. In sharing your time, skills, knowledge and networks you can make a positive change, helping the people we support to overcome disadvantage and empowering them to build better futures for themselves.

It is estimated that in Melbourne, 1 in 4 people do some kind of volunteer work. Since 1854, we have relied on the help of generous people who volunteer their time. We believe that everyone has something to offer, whether you have a specialised skill, qualification, are interested in corporate volunteering or you just want to make a difference, we will do our best to match your interests with our activities, aiming to make your experience as a volunteer a satisfying one.

Who can volunteer?

Anyone over 18 can volunteer with us. We have a formal process in place for those who wish to volunteer with us. Simply get in touch and we'll discuss with you what opportunities may be available and the procedures for doing so.

What type of volunteer opportunities do we have?

We have a wide variety of volunteer requirements. From one-off volunteer roles to on-going, continuous positions, we have something for everyone. At Melbourne City Mission, we have various client based services who require volunteers on an on-going basis.

  • Community Visitors Scheme – seeks volunteers to visit residents in an Aged Care Home at least fortnightly to provide friendship and companionship.
  • Community Friend Program – seeks volunteers to provide friendship and support to people living with a mild disability who otherwise may be socially isolated. 2–3 visits are required fortnightly and a 12 month commitment is required.
  • Palliative Care – seeks volunteers for 3–4 hours per week to assist those with a terminal illness and their carers. 
  • Parenting in Partnership Program – seeks volunteers who are mums and dads to provide mentoring for parents who have learning difficulties. 9–12 month commitment is required.
  • Families Learning in Partnership (FLIP) Program – seeks volunteer tutors to assist primary school students and their families in learning activities.

How to volunteer

Please feel free to browse our current volunteer vacancies section and apply directly for any roles advertised. All roles list contact phone numbers, so please phone if you have any queries about the positions.