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Volunteer Life, Issue no 2, March 2006

H ot Volunteer Jobs

Are you looking for a new volunteering opportunity? Just call 02 9261 3600 to apply for one of these or many other roles:

- Minute Secretary
- Music Facilitator
- Computer Teacher
- Fundraising Coordinator
- Swimming Instructor
- Holiday Camp Assistant
- Op. Shop Assistant
- Catering Coordinator

Browse all of the volunteer jobs listed in our database or search GoVolunteer or Seek for a suitable volunteer role.

Event Volunteering

Are you interested in event volunteering? We need volunteers for the following major events:

Red Cross Calling
March 2006
Door knocking volunteers

Star Day
Thur 4 - Sun 7 May 2006
Street volunteers, location leaders and group representatives

Saturday Morning Bowling at Dee Why
Provide training and familiarisation to participants

For more information on these and other events and for application details, visit the Upcoming Events page on our website.

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Welcome to Volunteer Life, your quarterly lifestyle e-zine from The Centre for Volunteering, celebrating and showcasing volunteering.

Volunteers: From Celebs to CEOs

Cheers for Nicole Kidman: Volunteer, superstar and UNIFEM Goodwill Ambassador to build peace
By Belle Hann

Nicole Kidman Photo: UNIFEMNicole Kidman has a confession to make. On being appointed Goodwill Ambassador for UNIFEM, she admitted: "I don't pretend to be an expert on the issues UNIFEM addresses".

Perhaps you, as a volunteer, can understand. You may feel overwhelmed with complicated statistics and data when faced with issues and causes. Despite this you, like Nicole, commit your time and energy to helping what Nicole calls 'the very real and immediate problems' existing in our communities and our world. MORE

Doing & Giving

Fighting fire with ... education
By Vanessa McQuarrie

Community Fire Unit volunteer firefighter Photo: CFUEveryone remembers the bushfires that ravaged greater Sydney in the summer of 1994. Footage of the devastation was beamed across the world, while Sydneysiders watched the skyline turn red. Tragically, lives were lost and homes destroyed.

When fires hit in 2001, 2002 and again in 2003, people living in bushfire-prone areas were prepared thanks to the NSW Fire Brigade's Community Fire Unit (CFU) program. MORE

FVI News

By Lisa Saremel

Call for compulsory community service for school students
A proposal by the youth wing of the ALP to introduce compulsory community service for high school students has received a mixed reaction from state and federal ALP members and other groups. MORE

Searching for stardust, at home
Volunteers with Internet access are about to embark on a search for interstellar particles, or stardust, the first sample of its kind to be brought back to earth. MORE

Who volunteers?
An international discussion about the abilities of affluent and less privileged people to participate in volunteering projects has raised debate about the nature of volunteering. MORE

Commonwealth Games volunteer army
There are just 14 days to go to the Opening Ceremony of the Melbourne Commonwealth Games and the Games' volunteer army is well on track and it is 'business as usual' for the team. MORE

Companies with Heart & Spirit

The Body Shop's 4,500 volunteer hours
Body Shop staff cleaning up rubbish at the Altona Costal Reserve in Victoria Photo: The Body ShopBy Belle Hann

The Body Shop's bold approach to skin care and social activism has earned them loyal customers and now there is one more reason to love them. And no, it's not another wonderful new body butter. It's the 4,500 volunteer hours they performed last year.

"Community Projects", The Body Shop's volunteering program, commits every staff member to 16 hours volunteer activity. MORE

Angels at the Table

OzHarvest, Sydney's first 'food rescue' charity
By Lisa Saremel

OzHarvest's Lynda Dave and Bruce Graffham with a fresh delivery Photo: OzHarvestHaving worked in the events industry for 20 years, Ronni Kahn has seen all too often the waste of thousands of good meals, often left over from corporate functions and similar events, while the city's homeless have gone hungry.

"When I could, I would personally drop off some food at Matthew Talbot, but 99% of the time the food was going to waste," she explains. MORE

Postcard with Purpose

Protecting turtle eggs in Costa Rica
By Vanessa McQuarrie

When Toni Hazel arrived in her destination of Cahuita, Costa Rica, she wondered what she'd gotten herself into. "We were about three or four kilometres from the nearest road," she explained.

"There was no refrigeration, only generated electricity at night, no hot water." Then there were highly venomous snakes … oh, dear! MORE


Photo: MS GalleryQ&A: Volunteers and tax
By The Centre for Volunteering

Every month, volunteers ask us questions about volunteering such as where can I volunteer, how many hours a week can I volunteer and what do I need to know about tax as a volunteer?

We answer the most common of these questions on www.volunteering.com.au but have decided take a more in-depth look at some of your questions in our new Volunteer Life Q&A section. In this issue, we look at volunteers and tax. MORE

Inside The Centre for Volunteering

Anonymous donor gives $10,000
The Centre for Volunteering has recently received a generous $10,000 donation from a member of the Sydney Rotary Club who wishes to remain anonymous. We are very thankful for the donation. If you would like to make a donation or bequest to The Centre for Volunteering, please email info@volunteering.com.au

First NSW-based legal resource for volunteers and voluntary organisations
Not-for-profit organisations in NSW working with volunteers frequently have questions about the legal rights and responsibilities of their volunteers. Many are unaware of what to do or how to proceed in situations such as negotiating insurance and occupational health and safety requirements such as what to do when volunteers are involved in an accident. MORE

New membership program
We are always looking at ways to improve the services we provide and are pleased to announce some major changes and improvements to our membership.

One of our key goals has been to reduce the cost of membership and to encourage more individuals, not-for-profit organisations and corporates to become members of The Centre for Volunteering, the Peak Body for Volunteering in NSW. MORE

New pricing structure for SVM's Accredited Courses
The School of Volunteer Management is now offering even better value. We have re-structured our pricing to promote and support volunteering so that even more people can benefit from our Accredited Training Courses. The courses now represent an un-missable opportunity for your personal development. MORE

Volunteer Coordinator on leave
Claudiene Duarte, The Centre for Volunteering's Volunteer Coordinator, will be on leave from Friday, 10 March to Tuesday, 18 April. Melissa Ehrhardt will be our Volunteer Coordinator during this time and can be contacted by calling 02 9261 3600.

Previously Melissa has worked for a range of community organisations including the Peace Corps in Romania and more recently as a volunteer coordinator in the Eastern Suburbs. Melissa also helped us judge the NAB awards late last year.

The Centre for Volunteering
Dates for Your Diary

National Volunteer Week, 15-21 May 2006
National Volunteer Week is just around the corner and, with the theme Change your world… start now, it's the perfect time for you to enquire or start volunteering or, for those of you already volunteering, to celebrate changing your world through volunteering.

Events Calendar
Visit our Events Calendar to keep informed about events across the state and how you can get involved.

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