Many opportunities exist to volunteer through community organisations, corporate volunteering, international organisations, in government, and even in an emergency.
As a volunteer you can make a significant contribution to a number of different areas of community life. For example:
- emergency services
- first aid and health-related services
- conservation and the environment
- a religious, educational, charitable or benevolent purpose
- a political cause
- animal welfare
- history and culture
- recreation and sport
- volunteering in a crisis
- literature, science or the arts
- promoting the common interests of a particular section of the community
There are a range of organisations that you can contact to help you to find a volunteer opportunity.
Organisations to contact
Level 5, 182 Victoria Square
Adelaide SA 5000
Telephone: (08) 8221 7177 or country callers phone 1300 135 545
Your local volunteer resource centre
Referrals and advice about volunteering can be provided by your local Volunteer Resource Centre.
Volunteering in Local Government
With a total of over 11,000 volunteers across the State, most Councils in South Australia have their own volunteer programs involving members of the community, providing local services to local people.
These roles can vary substantially between Councils but common roles include:
- assisting in libraries, transport and the environment
- providing aged care and youth activities
- being involved in events and providing community advice
- assisting the socially isolated or people with a disability
- helping culturally and linguistically diverse residents.
You can Search for your local Council by using the Local Government Association website.
For further information about volunteering in Local Government visit the Local Government Association website.
Volunteering in State Government
Volunteers also undertake a vital role in State Government, discover more by visiting our Volunteering through the South Australian Government page.
Register for opportunities to participate in or benefit from corporate volunteering on the Corporates4Communities website.
Volunteering with international organisations
Register for opportunities to volunteer for international organisations on the United Nations website.
Volunteering for the emergency services
You can find out more about becoming a Country Fire Service or State Emergency Service volunteer by visiting the South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission website.
For further information about becoming an ambulance volunteer, visit the SA Ambulance Service website.
If you'd like to join the the many volunteers who generously lend a hand to help the community in post emergency recovery operations - register as a volunteer by using the online Volunteer Emergency Recovery Information System (VERIS).
Search for available positions in your area by visiting:
- Volunteering SA & NT - has a large database of volunteering opportunities to choose from
- GoVolunteer - is a national database of Australia-wide opportunities
- Do Something Near You - is a national website inviting individuals to get involved with community groups and initiatives in their local area. Organisations seeking community and volunteer involvement can also list themselves.
On this site
The benefits of getting involved in volunteering
What to expect when volunteering
Travellers and volunteering
Things to consider before volunteering