Volunteer

Volunteers at Samaritans Christmas Lunch

Everyone has something to offer – volunteering at Samaritans could be just what you’re looking for! 

Are you ready to embark on a rewarding and fulfilling experience?

People engage in volunteering for many different reasons. The reasons you want to volunteer may vary depending on your age, experience, employment status, availability, location, commitment to an interest or cause, just to name a few.

Knowing why you want to volunteer is important in ensuring that a reciprocal volunteer agreement can be fulfilled – in other words, ensuring that your needs as a volunteer are being met as well as the needs of the organisation and the community.

Most of us know that volunteering has a meaningful, positive impact on our community, but volunteering can also have many benefits for you the volunteer, as well! Here are some reasons to volunteer:

Employment Skills

Volunteering on a resume always looks good. Having this generous activity on your resume will expand your career options – plus, it is also a great way to gain experience in a new career path, especially while undertaking relevant studies.

Skills Development

To learn or develop a new skill or build on confidence.

Social Participation

Volunteering is a great way to meet interesting and diverse people, make new friends, and gain new experiences. It may also lead to new hobbies or interests.

Improve Community Life

Volunteering helps in making a contribution to the local community, you can help to make a real difference.

Improve Quality of Life

Volunteering is great for your health and wellbeing. It helps to feel a part of something, increases motivation and creates a sense of achievement.

Our volunteer programs

Just a sample of some of the volunteer programs available:

  • Community welfare worker role in Emergency Relief
  • Retail store assistant
  • Disaster recovery team member
  • Administration assistant
  • Assisting men exiting correctional facilities
  • Supporting grandparents caring for their grandchildren
  • Supporting people living with a mental health issue
  • Assisting with events and fundraising
  • Delivery and pick up of donations (clothes, food, gifts)
  • Assisting the people we support living with a disability

Why volunteer with Samaritans?

Samaritans has been supporting the community since 1984. We have a long history of unconditional care and support for all members of society. From a simple op-shop, a family care centre and emergency relief services in the 1980s to more than 100 support services throughout Newcastle, Central Coast, Hunter Valley and the Central West, Samaritans is widely regarded as one of New South Wales’ favourite non-profit organisations.

Want to know more about our goals, vision, and philosophies? Get to know our cause a little better below:

Our Mission

At Samaritans, we seek to provide unconditional support for people in need and promote social and economic policies that alleviate human suffering.

Our Vision

Our vision is to create communities where there is love, peace, justice, reconciliation and dignity for all people; where there is care for the vulnerable and their environment; and where each individual has the opportunity to contribute and participate fully in the community.

Our Philosophy

The Samaritans Foundation believes that people presently experiencing disadvantage have the right, equally with others, to fully participate in and contribute to community life. Samaritans seeks to express God’s care to all people by promoting acceptance, justice, reconciliation, peace and dignity for all.

How to become a volunteer

You can apply to volunteer by filling out the expression of interest form below. Before applying, please download and read our other resources, including the opportunities listed below.

If you would like to volunteer for Christmas Lunch in the Park (Newcastle), click here.

If you would like to volunteer for Christmas Lunch on the Coast (Wyong), click here.

If you would like to volunteer for Christmas Lunch in Singleton, click here.

To speak with one of our devoted team members about volunteer opportunities in your area, please contact us now on 02 4960 7100.

Volunteer- Expression of Interest

Please complete this form as an expression of interest if you would like to volunteer with Samaritans. The information you provide will be used to match you with suitable volunteer opportunities as they arise.
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    Please tick the areas you are interested in volunteering in. You can tick more than one.
  • Availability

    Please list the times/days that would suit you best to volunteer.