Experience the benefits of volunteering
Published on 19 January 2021
Mornington Peninsula Shire is pleased to announce we recently securing funding of $23,000 from the Victorian Government through Volunteering Victoria to strengthen volunteer connections on the Peninsula.
We will work with community organisations relying on volunteers to deliver their programs and services to recruit more volunteers in a COVID-safe environment.
There are many reasons to volunteer. For some it offers the chance to give something back to their community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Volunteering also benefits mental health through building new friendships and connections with likeminded people.
Anyone with an interest and extra time to dedicate to a cause can volunteer. Volunteering can give you a great sense of purpose and can benefit your self-esteem as well as your community. Many organisations can cater for most abilities.
Support for community organisations looking for volunteers
The Shire can assist with the recruitment and screening of volunteers in a COVID safe way.
Where to find or advertise volunteer roles
There are many resources available to community members looking for a volunteer role and for community organisations wanting to recruit volunteers.
- Our free online portal where community organisations advertise their volunteer opportunities: volmornpen.com.au
- The Shire has established Volunteering Information Hubs at the Mornington Community Information and Support Centre (320 Main Street, Mornington) and Western Port Community Support (185 High Street, Hastings). Anyone is welcome to drop in to learn more about volunteering and available positions
- Our Community Development Officer – Volunteering is available to assist community organisations with recruitment, screening, onboarding of volunteers and information about resources for operating with COVID-19 safe practices – email inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Quote attributable to Mayor Councillor Despi O’Connor:
“Volunteering allows you to connect with and make a difference in your local community.
“Dedicating your time as a volunteer not only helps the cause you choose to volunteer for, it’s also a good opportunity to make new connections and friends.”