Did you know that volunteers are found to be healthier and happier people than non-volunteers? In fact, in the later life, volunteers are found to have a robust psychological well-being, and live longer.
Volunteering provides us with endless opportunities; from meeting like-minded people to gaining an in-depth understanding to current issues being faced by many Australians. Volunteering for a cause or organization that you're passionate about can be one of the most rewarding experiences you will endure. It will make your heart soar with happiness and teach you to appreciate your own circumstances no matter what. The best part is that, this time and effort you devote to another's life can provide them with opportunities they never imagined possible.
I volunteer at a local aged care home and can say whole heartedly that it is one of the most rewarding experiences. Having completed short term voluntary work such as; Out of the Box festival, Red Cross relief work and Optus Rock Corps, I have seen how organizations rely on volunteer workers to achieve their goals and create a positive change in our community. With that being said, there are endless opportunities around Brisbane if you'd like to contribute to something meaningful these holidays. These are a few of the many:
The Salvation Army is found throughout Australia and is an organisation that runs opportunity shops. Op shops are scattered throughout Brisbane; you can drop off no longer needed clothing, homeware and books. The Salvos will then sell this stuff at cheap rates. Op shops provide a great way to find unique vintage pieces, from clothing to kitchenware. 100% of the profits they make are returned to our community through the Salvos providing shelter for the homeless and meals for the hungry. They also assist with finding jobs for the unemployed and refuge for the abused. The Salvation Army helps more than 1 million Australians every year – that's one person every 30 seconds. All this wouldn't be possible without their volunteer workers. Click here to get involved
State Emergency Services
Are you active, adventurous and looking for a way to give back to your community? Well, the SES is perfect for you. Your local SES unit will provide training in some of the following fields: first aid, working safely at heights, storm response, land search, vertical rescue, map reading and much more. By joining your local State Emergency Service (SES) you will make a life changing commitment through actively contributing during disasters and emergencies locally, statewide and nationally. Click here to get involved
Optus Rock Corps - "Give and Get Given"
Optus Rock Corps is an organisation that focuses on improving your local community. The best part is, you are rewarded with a music voucher from Ticketmaster for just volunteering for 4 hours. You give just 4 hours of your time and get given a music reward…crazy right? 4 hours may not seem like long, but between all the volunteers, it adds up to a huge difference. Click here to get involved.
Youngcare is an organisation committed to raising awareness of young people with disabilities living in aged care homes. Some of their work includes: lobbying the government for political reform, supporting affected families by providing counseling and working towards building more homes to accommodate for some of the 7000 young Australians. Click here to find out how you can help.
Red Cross Blood Donation
Did you know that 1 in 3 Australians will need blood in their lifetime- but only 1 in 30 donates? You, the person reading this right now, could possibly save another's life with your blood. Your generous donation only takes an hour but could change someone's life forever. If you're between 16 and 70 years old and healthy, you may be able to donate. Click here to find out more.
There are endless opportunities for you to give back to our community. How could one possibly say no to something that allows us to connect with our community? If none of these appeal , you can try track down something else here.