Volunteer with Us
Like many Aussie charities we can’t do what we do without our amazing team of volunteers. We rely on our volunteers to keep offering this free service to our community of transforming unwanted clothing into a better world.
If you would like to join in the adventure we have several opportunities for you, as outlined below. If you are interested in joining one of our teams please call or text Sharnee on 0466 842 101.
We are registered with Centrelink so if you need to do volunteer hours for them we can help you meet your requirements.
We all like to give back and make a difference in the world. As part of our team you will be making a difference locally, globally and environmentally all at once. Our charity helps Aussies, people in developing nations all while saving hundreds of tonnes of clothes from disappearing into land fill.
We call this our Win! Win! Win!
Give your heart that smile that comes from a day well spent in helping others and working with friends.
Here’s what our volunteers say:
Debbie – “I love being part of the Packing Party at Boolaroo. It gives me a purpose to my day to get out of the house and help others.”
Julie – “I always have a laugh when I go out collecting donations. I meet lovely donors. It’s good to know my hard work makes a difference around the world.”
Corinne – “After years working in the corporate world it’s great to still use my skills in retirement, and all for a great cause.”
Doug – “As a uni student it’s good to know I get to spend my days with a great bunch of people as I give back and enjoy every day being a new adventure.”
You can volunteer with us full time, part time (a couple of days a week) or for a short time like in the school or university holidays.
Some of the roles we need help with are all day (8 hours) jobs while others you can volunteer for an hour or two if you prefer.
What, Where, When and How
Cardiff Clothing Collections
Based at our warehouse at 3/75 Mitchell Rd Cardiff we have a variety of teams you can join. We work Monday to Friday 7:30am to 4:30pm.
These are all jobs that require you to be fit and healthy to lift, carry and walk. We are outdoors every day and enjoy all kinds of weather.
Distributions – this team meets each morning and then heads out to distribute blue bags into mail boxes all over the Central Coast and Hunter. Make friends as you travel to location, enjoy the beautiful land we live in, all while getting exercise and making a difference. You need to be fit and healthy enough to walk all day in this role.
We are also looking for walkers in different areas who are able to help on a regular basis in their neighbourhood.
Collections – manual drivers are needed to drive our vans and truck to collect donations. Ability to read a map is a must, ability to use a GPS is helpful. Drivers will need to be fit enough to lift and carry donations.
Processing – once donations are returned to the warehouse they need to be baled ready for loading into shipping containers and sent off to developing countries. This involves manual handling and workers need to be fit and strong. Occasionally this team will work nights or weekends when we are very busy.
Office – if you have office skills to offer please contact us to see what we need at the time. Some examples of what we may need is answering the phone, general administration and marketing.
Cleaning – we would love a volunteer who would come and clean our office, kitchen and bathrooms.
As we say “It’s always and adventure at the warehouse. No two days are the same! J”
Boolaroo Packing Party
Our team at Boolaroo meets at our church hall at 32 Sixth St Boolaroo on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8am to 5pm.
There are light duties as well as ones that need muscles. This location and activities are wheel chair friendly.
Enjoy the fun of packing toys for kids in Asia, boxing Bric a Brac for Africa or bagging summer clothes for Fiji.
Wednesday includes a lovely morning tea together.
Pete’s Kitchen is a free community dinner we hold during school terms for anyone who wants a night out to relax and enjoy some company over dinner.
Volunteers work between from various times between 4pm and 8pm setting and packing up tables, cooking, washing up and serving meals.
Enjoy giving back and get a free feed too!
Tanilba Bay Op Shop
Volunteers at our Op Shop at the Kooinda Centre, President Wilson Walk, Tanilba Bay help with serving, cleaning, stocking shelves, processing new goods and helping customers.
We are open Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm and Saturday 8am to 12 noon.
At Your House
Home Collection Point – ask your family and friends to have a clean out of clothes, shoes, and toys. Get them to drop their bags at your house, give us a call and we can collect all the donations at one time.
Thanks to our fantastic donors, Linda from Cessnock and Evelyn from Shortland, who were our first Home Collectors and gave us this idea.
Distributions – if walking to make a difference is something you would like to do on a regular basis, call or text us as we may be looking for someone to put out blue bags in your neighbourhood.
Promote us – do you love what we do? Please tell your friends about us, both in real life and online.
Please drop by our Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/Church4LifeClothingCollectors/ like our page, give us a great rating, and invite your friends to like us too.
Pray – if you are a praying person we’d love to have your prayer support. You may like to pray for the following:
- A blessing for each and every donor who gives to us.
- Safety for our teams out and about each day on the roads.
- For our teams who work in our op shop, hall and warehouse.
- An abundant harvest of donations to send to those in need.
- For each Aussie we help through free meals, hampers, emergency help and work experience.
- The thousands of poor people who receive our clothes around the globe.
- Customs at some of the countries where our clothes go can delay the process of getting clothes to those in need. Pray for smooth transport paths.
- The miracle of new collection vans and trucks for our team to be donated.
- Wisdom for our leadership team.
For more information on how you can join our amazing team call or text Sharnee on 0466 842 101.