Hi everybody. I’m just here to tell you a little bit about my volunteering experience which I did probably about 10 years ago now at the neighbourhood community house. It was a really valuable, worthwhile experience and basically I volunteered to be a bit of a teacher assistant with a program for disenfranchising youth who […]

Jess Hardy

Hi. My name’s Jess. I’m here today to give you a bit of an overview as to my experience volunteering and how that introduced me to the workforce. I’ll give you a bit of an overview intro to me first. I’m a sustainability consultant. I was a graphic designer but had a bit of a […]

Volunteer Expo 2024

What an absolute honor to be around so many wonderfully inspiring people at our Volunteer Expo on 24 April, 2024 at Knox Civic Centre. We shared information, food, chess and draughts games, enjoyed live music from Alan Bartlett, and met Quentin and Avery who volunteer their services as therapy dogs. Thank-you to the CFA and […]

James Limb

My name is James and I’m 26 years old. I grew up in the community that I now still live in, which is Ferntree Gully. I completed my education at Mountain Gate Primary and St Joseph’s College both in the Knox region. I then went on to pursue my interest as my career servicing local […]

Sierra Laird

Hi, I’m Sierra and I work at Coonara Community House. I’m 27 years old but my volunteering journey started when I was 11. I joined a group here at Coonara and it was called Girls Together and it was aimed for young girls between 11 to 16 to show them how to gain self confidence […]

Christopher Coutts

Coonara Community House volunteer Chris

Christopher Coutts, 22, volunteers in the community house sector as a receptionist one day a week. Chris grew up in a “low income” family but was determined to stop the cycle and has enrolled in a Bachelor Degree of Information Technology and become the first in his family to complete a degree. He also admits […]

Rose Street Op Shop

Manager Debbie Watson Debbie Watson is the Manager of the Rose Street Op Shop in Upper Ferntree Gully. The money raised at the Op Shop supports Tamminya House, a motel style set of seven units that provide short term crisis accommodation for victims of domestic violence, single parents and their children. “We have about 20 […]

Mary and Andrew

Disability Support Worker Mary Elliott works for Interchange Outer East and a couple of years ago she decided on a career change from her former work as a naturopath and owner of  health food shop. She returned to TAFE and studied for her Certificate in Community services. That led into a “real interest” in disability […]

Feed One Feed All

FOFA stands for Feed One, Feed All and it’s all about helping people in need by addressing food insecurity and providing hot fresh meals. FOFA came about after the massive storm that ripped through the Dandenong Ranges in June 2021. Those who experienced it said it was an absolute miracle no-one was killed. There were […]


My name is Quentin and I have a very special job. My job is being a therapy dog. I volunteer to help humans feel good and in return humans make me feel good. How can you use your skills to volunteer.