Whether you’re able to donate a few hours of your time on a regular basis, or can volunteer your services as a ‘one-off’, CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning would love to hear from you!
Our volunteers range in age from 18 to 85…we value diversity! Whether you have lived in the Hunter or Manning your whole life, or recently moved to the area; whether you are male or female; retired, a student, unemployed or working; a first time volunteer or someone who has been in the game for decades, we value your unique skills and experiences.
As a volunteer the benefits you bestow on others are plentiful. However, research shows that your good deeds will have a positive effect on you as well!
People who have volunteered with CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning have cited many benefits, including;
- Developing a stronger connectedness within their local community.
- An increased sense of self-worth and satisfaction.
- Making new friends by meeting people from diverse backgrounds.
- An improved skill set, which has assisted with personal development and employment potential.
CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning has a variety of volunteering positions available at, among others, the Taree Community Kitchen, CatholicCare Refugee Service and Community Care Van as well as some ‘pro bono’ work for our corporate services. To become a volunteer at CatholicCare Social Services you will be required to undergo a volunteer induction process, led by the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. To find out more, please visit the volunteering page on the diocesan website or contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator.
“I have found volunteering in the Kitchen to be an immensely enjoyable and fulfilling experience. When you are in the kitchen, it’s like you are there with an extended family. As a volunteer you get so much more out of the experience than you ever give. It is truly heart-warming to see the smiles on people’s faces when you serve them; the human connection brings so much happiness,”
- Ruth Sumpner, Taree Community Kitchen volunteer.
“It’s great to be part of a team and to get things done for a common good. To see the patrons enjoying the space socially is a great feeling. As volunteers, we feel rewarded just knowing that our efforts are appreciated.”
- Zoe Geraki, Taree Community Kitchen volunteer.