Look Local: Volunteering actually is all around

A couple of days ago, we wrote a blog post about voluntinder proposing the development of an app to find volunteering opportunities in your local community.

Sadly, we haven’t yet found someone to make the app happen for us (though Claire’s app developer cousin jokingly said he’d make one, and we’re seriously considering making him follow through). Getting a whole app finished in less than two days may have been a bit optimistic so we’ve been thinking about how to spread the word on local volunteering opportunities in other ways.

The FedUni student leadership website already has a fairly impressive list of volunteer opportunities around the Ballarat area and will soon have a similar list for Gippsland (it’s being put together as we speak), but we know that a lot of students travel long distances to campus so these may not be useful for everybody. For that reason we’ve started to put together a Pinterest account with links to opportunities all around the state and even internationally.

Apart from our resources, here are some other places that you can find volunteering opportunities in your local area:

It’s worth remembering that volunteering is certainly not limited to delivering meals on wheels or helping out at the local scout group (though if you’re interested in doing either of those things that’s fantastic!). Why not help out with a local sports group or use your crafty skills to make quilts or knit trauma teddies for kids in foster care? The possibilities are (almost) endless!

So happy volunteering, and good luck with finding that perfect opportunity!

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Why volunteers matter in our university community

Happy National Student Volunteer Week!!

This week we, like many other universities, will be celebrating our nsvw-logostudent volunteers and providing opportunities for others to get involved in volunteering within their local community. We’re incredibly proud of the huge impact that FedUni students make to improving campus life and making it a fun and safe space for all members of the university community to enjoy. As well as this, many FedUni students play an integral part of their local communities, volunteering with the CFA, local sporting groups, their kids’ schools, scouts, participating in charity fun runs…

The list is seemingly endless, and wThank you to all that have the heart and take the time to volunteer!e’re constantly surprised and impressed with the different ways that students are choosing to give back.

But why is this so impressive? What is it about volunteering that makes others think highly of you?

Simply put, volunteers create a better world. A world which values giving back over self-interest, which knows that money isn’t the only key to happiness.

For example, imagine our campus without student leaders and volunteers. Without student ambassadors to help spread the word about how great the uni is, there’d be no incoming students. Without PASS leaders, students would have a tougher time keeping up with their difficult subjects. And without volunteers, events like Gippsland campus’ weekly pancake brunch and all of the club & society events wouldn’t be possible.

So here’s to all the student volunteers at the heart of our university community. We would be much poorer for not having you!