Volunteer at HOPE
About one in three Australians volunteer.*
The top reasons they give for volunteering are:
- Help others/community (57%)
- Personal satisfaction (44%)
- Personal/family involvement (37%)
- To do something worthwhile (36%)
- Social contact (22%)
- Use skills/experience (16%)
- To be active (16%)
- Religious beliefs (15%)
At HOPE, we have both paid and volunteer staff. Without volunteers, we couldn’t be so effective.
But it’s good to know the volunteers get something out of it too: satisfaction, involvement, doing something worthwhile, social contact, all real benefits.
Whatever your skills, there is probably a way we can put them to good use, for however much time you can spare.
For example, we’d like to do more in promotion, to tell people about our work and raise some funds to extend it, but program funding is very lean in this area. A volunteer team could really start things happening in this area.
Volunteer roles at Hope can be quite pivotal. For example, we’d like to build a network of supporters we can call on to get the message out through the people they know, social media and so on, maybe write a few letters; perhaps turn up to working bees or help with short term projects. We don’t have the resources to do it, but perhaps a volunteer organiser could.
If you volunteer to help at HOPE, we won’t just be grateful. We will:
- Respect you and the value of your time.
- Look for tasks that suit your volunteering goals.
- Give you the same care and support we give our paid staff.
- Provide you with appropriate training.
- Welcome you!
Maybe a challenging, engaging volunteer role is what you need to add to your life.
Contact us for more details, ask for (or address your email) to the Volunteer Coordinator.
Volunteering and happiness
Volunteering Australia has compiled the following facts about volunteering and happiness*:
- Volunteers are happier, healthier and sleep better than those who don’t volunteer – doctors should recommend it.
- 96% of volunteers say that it “makes people happy”.
- 95% of volunteers say that volunteering is related to feelings of wellbeing.
- Volunteering results in a “helper’s high”, a powerful physical and emotional feeling experienced when directly helping others.
- Just a few hours of volunteer work makes a difference in happiness and mood.
- Sustained volunteering is associated with better mental health.
- Altruistic emotions and behaviours are associated with greater well being, health, and longevity.
- A strong correlation exists between the well being, happiness, health, and longevity of people who are emotionally kind and compassionate in their charitable helping activities.
- The experience of helping others provides meaning, a sense of self-worth, a social role and health enhancement.
- Volunteering is highly associated with greater health and happiness.
* See Key facts and statistics about volunteering in Australia by Volunteering Australia, 16 April 2015, available at https://www.volunteeringaustralia.org/wp-content/uploads/VA-Key-statistics-about-Australian-volunteering-16-April-20151.pdf