Volunteer Stories

We’ve trawled Australia and the world, looking for dedicated volunteers with an interesting story to tell and we think we’ve found a few of them. Below are their stories. Want to tell us your volunteer story? We are always interested in talking to volunteers and spreading the message of not just how volunteering helps the community, but also how it can help you. Just email your details to info@volunteering.com.au and we will contact you for an interview.

Megan Etheridge

2012 NSW Senior Volunteer of the Year
"Volunteering allows me to feel like I'm adding value to someone's life, but importantly I come to realise that it's also adding value to my own".

Lauren McQueen

What organisation do you support?: The Centre for Volunteering as a Youth ...

Irma Bradford

It is far better to give than receive
"I would say to anyone with a little spare time on their hands to try volunteering – there is a saying that it is far better to give than receive. I truly believe this. The joy, the fun and the friendships made over 60 years are proof of this".

Micheala Collins

2012 NSW Youth Volunteer of the Year
"Volunteering allows you to make a difference, no matter how small, to the lives of others."

Kirralee Phillips

Youth Development
What organisation did you support? The Centre for Volunteering as a Youth ...

Helen Lam

Community visitor with the Central Area Health Service
"Just as much as I have brought joy into the lives of those I have met through working as a Community Visitor with the Central Area Health Service over the years, so they have enriched mine. I know now how I can grow old gracefully and how pointless accumulating material possessions is".

Wendy Robertson

Easy Care Gardening
Wendy Robertson has been a Thursday volunteer with Easy Care Garden...

Harry Whelan

Young volunteer with a mission
"Initially I just wanted to become more active in my community by being involved in local youth affairs but, in time, this has evolved into something much greater. Gradually I saw a need to enable and motivate other young people to speak up and speak out".

Andrew Heslop

2012 NSW Volunteer of the Year
"I have worked with some inspiring volunteers along the way that continue to show me the true spirit of the community".