Festive volunteer positions to spread good fortune

THE pudding is boiled, the tree is decorated and the lights are lit but volunteer position across Ipswich still need filling.

Volunteering Queensland is encouraging those with holidays or a bit of extra time and goodwill to put it to use this Christmas by helping those in need.

The 2016 State of Volunteering in Australia report found 86% of volunteer-involving organisations need more volunteers.

Volunteering Australia CEO Brett Williamson, OAM, said there was more to volunteering than "simply giving your time and skills to help others".

Six million Australians already volunteer.
Six million Australians already volunteer. Bev Lacey


He said six million Australians enjoy healthier, happier and more meaningful lives by volunteering.

 "Volunteering is a core part of the community and plays a critical role in Australian society and in Australia's economy," he said.

Mr Williamson said 57% of staff in volunteer involving organisations were volunteers.

"They form a formidable workforce powering many essential community, environmental, sporting, welfare, emergency services, education and cultural services and supports," he said.

Five Christmas season volunteer opportunities in Ipswich:

Volunteer Christmas carol singers

Choice Passion Life (formerly known as the Cerebral Palsy League) is a non-profit organisation that provides vital support to more than 8,000 children and adults with cerebral palsy and physical disabilities.

They work alongside our clients to help them achieve important life milestones and are always looking for volunteers to join the team.

Party season is upon us and the CPL Springfield clients and staff are looking for festive Christmas elves to join them as Christmas carol singers at their Christmas party on Wednesday December 21.

Anybody who is a Christmas lover who wants to get involved with their local community and know the words to a Christmas carol or two are invited to attend from 10.30am to 2pm to join in the festivities at CPL Springfield Christmas party.

For more details contact 07 3358 8008, quoting 732586.

Volunteer gift packaging and deliveries

The Smith Family is always looking for volunteer gift packers and deliverers.

Since its founding in 1922 when five businessmen decided to deliver toys to orphans on Christmas Eve, The Smith Family has grown and developed and changed to meet the needs of an ever-changing society, but they still deliver toy and book gift packs to families at Christmas.

This gesture of goodwill ensures that all Australian families can come together at Christmas to share gifts and celebrate life.

Throughout November and December The Smith Family have a number of activities that include Christmas gift preparation, delivery day venue support, facilitating pick up of toy and book packs and prepare and relocate donated goods.

Visit https://www.thesmithfamily.com.au/get-involved/volunteer-with-us/volunteer-for-christmas-activities-QLD for details.

Volunteer Salvos Ipswich Family Store

The Salvos Ipswich Corps is looking to build its Army of Volunteers by inviting some new and dedicated people to its family store.

The Salvos are looking for volunteers.
The Salvos are looking for volunteers. Bev Lacey

Volunteers will be assisting with the day-to-day operations of the family store and will get the opportunity to put on a number of different hats.

Volunteers will assist the store by delivering top customer services, sorting of donations, pricing, store maintenance, register work, while wearing a volunteer badge with pride. In return, volunteers will receive support, motivation and encouragement to help them succeed with their own goals.

Successful volunteers will have great interpersonal skills, be reliable, a sincere willingness to learn and contribute and will committed to the mission and vision of The Salvation Army.

Ideally, volunteers will be able to commit to a number of shifts a week for an on-going period of at least three months.

This is an excellent opportunity for any individuals who are looking to assist their local community in a practical way or gain some valuable work experience.

For details visit https://www.volunteeringqld.org.au/roles/93971

Food Shed volunteers - Carole Park

Elorac Place at Carole Park is looking for food shed volunteers.
Elorac Place at Carole Park is looking for food shed volunteers. Michele Sternberg

See https://www.volunteeringqld.org.au/roles/83871 for details.

Volunteer museum assistant - Wacol

As part of a team of 12 of 15 volunteers, assist in a range of duties by engaging with visitors to Wolston House, the oldest surviving residential farmhouse in the Brisbane area.

The home of a Crown Commissioner for Lands, pastoralists and dairy farmers.

Duties will include: provide an excellent visitor experience through tours and sharing of stories and culture, assist with administration tasks and retail sales, assist with catering, ground and house maintenance as directed.

A minimum 12 month commitment required.

See https://www.volunteeringqld.org.au/roles/74152 for details.

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