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Volunteer at OzHarvest
Before becoming a part of our yellow family, all new volunteers must attend an information session. This is your opportunity to learn in more detail about the work we do, and the various volunteer roles available. Filling out our online application form and attending a Volunteer Information Session are both compulsory to become a volunteer with OzHarvest. If you have any questions, see our FAQ’s below!
Meet some of our OzHarvest volunteers
Meet Kateeja, not only does she volunteer at our Lakemba hamper hub, she also cooks breakfast for the other 13 volunteers each week! These delicious, nourishing meals are just what the team needs before spending the next few hours feeding the community.
OzHarvest Sydney volunteer
I have a life-long passion for cooking and sharing food so, five years ago when I was looking to volunteer, I was drawn to OzHarvest with its goal of eradicating waste and sharing food with those who need it. For me it’s a perfect fit!
OzHarvest Sydney volunteer
Martin joined OzHarvest because he wanted to help other people. His favourite day of the week is Wednesday when he helps out at the OzHarvest Market, unloading food from the delivery van with his favourite driver Jack and sorting out large bulk foods into smaller portions.
OzHarvest Sydney Volunteer
I love being able to support the OzHarvest operation, by utilising skills and experience I’ve gathered throughout my professional work life. It is necessary and purposeful volunteer engagement. I’m fortunate to be a part of a meaningful work environment.
OzHarvest Melbourne volunteer
I first started volunteering in 2009 – my wife signed me up! I’ve done everything from tub washing, fundraising, van assistant, events, market stalls and now hamper packing (which is a great workout!). I loved every minute! Above all I love meeting people from all walks of life.
OzHarvest Sydney volunteer
Jim Miles is our most senior volunteer in the yellow army! Jim has volunteered with OzHarvest’s Victor Harbor chapter since its beginning! “Well, I heard good food was going to the landfill. A friend of mine in Victor Harbor suggested that I join OzHarvest and I haven’t looked back.”
OzHarvest Victor Harbour volunteer
The information session is your opportunity to learn in more detail about the work we do, and the various volunteer roles available. We feel it is important to meet all our prospective volunteers, and to give you as much information as possible so you’re able to make the most informed decision regarding joining our family. This is also a great opportunity for you to get to know us and ask questions!
Each OzHarvest location has unique approval requirements for volunteers, however all volunteers must complete Manual Handling training which is provided free of charge, and most locations also require a Police Check. If you have any questions regarding the approval requirements, you can contact your local volunteer coordinator, or email [email protected]
There are a few costs associated with volunteering, which can include:
- Volunteers to provide their own police check, at their own cost (OzHarvest has partnered with ‘Intercheck Australia’ for volunteers to obtain their checks for a discounted price of $19.95 (incl GST), though volunteers are welcome to obtain their check through any means they prefer.
- Volunteers that hold existing police checks issued within the past 3 months can submit this and may not be required to obtain a new check.
- An administration contribution to OzHarvest for all volunteers to cover our costs in providing volunteers with the required uniform. This cost varies depending on location, but is never more than $20.
If these costs would present a financial challenge, please contact your local volunteer coordinator, or email [email protected].
All volunteers are required to wear an OzHarvest T-shirt and closed toed shoes, with the exception of those who are volunteering at an OzHarvest office, in which case we ask volunteers to please wear business or smart casual clothing. The cost for our OzHarvest Volunteer T-Shirt is included in the above administration fee.
Yes. OzHarvest offers a variety of volunteer opportunities and volunteers are asked to supply a reference in the volunteer application fee. Volunteers must also consent to a Police and Criminal History Check, and those who will be volunteering in an education program will also need to have a Working With Children Check.
The Volunteer Coordinator will conduct and/or oversee this process. Once complete, volunteers will receive a copy of their police report, which may be helpful for future use. Any adverse outcomes revealed in this check will be discussed with volunteers as they arise and may impact on a volunteer’s suitability for volunteering.
OzHarvest utilises the invaluable time, skills and experience of many of volunteers every day. Our volunteers are able to participate as often or as little as they wish, with the exception of our OzHarvest Market in Waterloo, where volunteers are limited to a maximum of two shifts per week. As a guide, many of our volunteers tend to do so once or twice a week, or others just once a month or so, to fit with their schedules.
Yes, all OzHarvest education programs require volunteers to undergo specialised volunteer training, which is conducted on an as-needed basis a few times a year. Additionally, some volunteer programs may require you to shadow an existing volunteer at a trial shift before you are able to register for future shifts.
OzHarvest is excited to offer limited volunteer opportunities for youths aged 14-17 years. Activities available vary by location, so if you’d like to know more about potential opportunities before submitting a volunteer application, please email [email protected]
Yes! Selected OzHarvest locations are able to accommodate Duke of Edinburgh participants. Please email [email protected] for more information.
To learn more about or get in touch with your OzHarvest in your area, you can search for your local OzHarvest HERE.
If we haven’t been able to answer your question in our FAQs, please send us an email to [email protected] with your question and you location and we can help you with your specific query.