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11 Ways to Volunteer & Give Back in Melbourne

Whether you are wanting to donate your time, money or goods, here are the ways you can give back in Melbourne.

Wanting to give back to the community, but unsure of where to start? Well look no further because we’ve got some great ways you can help, no experience or special skills required. Whether you can only spare an hour or can spare hours every week, there’s a cause out there that would love your help.

Here are 11 ways to volunteer in Melbourne, and give back to your community. 

Connor's Run

Get Involved in Connor’s Run

Connor’s Run is the main fundraising event for the Robert Connor Dawes (RCD) Foundation, founded in 2013 in loving memory of its namesake, which supports brain projects in the areas of research, care and development, funding the science to end brain cancer and support patients, through a fun run.

Connor's Run has adapted with these recent unprecedented times and you can now register for ‘Your Run Your Way, Any Day’ for the whole month of September, and get involved in the fun run anywhere in the world. Or you can purchase a ticket for the traditional Connor’s Run fun run event, Bayside to the Boatsheds in Melbourne on Sunday 10th September.

The Connor’s Run event spans 18.8km from Hampton Beach to Alexandra Gardens – the same track Connor once ran in preparation for a rowing season and coincidentally, the length of his life. The second run length is 9.6km, from Catani Gardens St Kilda to Alexandra Gardens, representing Connor’s birthday, 9 June.

Celebrate your post-run achievement with DJs, bands, yoga & fun activations at the finish line. Invite your friends to cheer you on! Plus their awesome Arbory After Party is back after previous years' restrictions. 

Whether you join in on the 10th September, or create your own vibe, run, walk, roll, hop, skip, jump or dance as much as you want during the month of September, you will be helping bring awareness to paediatric brain cancer and help raise funds for the RCD Foundation.

Connor’s Run: Sunday 10th September

Adult $75, Youth $55

‘You Way Any Day’: All September

Adult $60, Youth $40



HoMie stands for Homelessness of Melbourne incorporated enterprise. It's a not-for-profit that supports young people affected by homelessness or hardship, to better equip them with skills, confidence and experiences to be more work-ready and prepared for their future. 

HoMie's range of fun tees, hoodies, tracksuits, shorts, caps, mugs, socks and more on offer is one of the best shopping decisions you can make - no buyer's regret here!

Their flagship Brunswick Street store is a base for HoMie's two social impact programs - VIP Days and the HoMie Pathway Alliance Program, as well as where they showcase their latest designs and releases across all seasons. From one monogram tee to year-round releases, and two solid social impact programs that have supported over 1,500 young people to date - it’s fair to say the HoMie team evolvement over the years is making one seriously cool impact on the Melbourne community.

Gender neutral, socially conscious and a creative and supportive community, supporting HoMie is one of the best ways to lend support to those who need it the most here in Melbourne. 

Donate or shop the Homie collection here

2/296 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy


Become a Mentor With Adult Multicultural Education Services (AMES)

When you volunteer with AMES, you’ll be helping newly arrived migrants and refugees settle into life in Victoria. Whether it’s by teaching English, providing career mentorship, assisting with bills and public transport or connecting them with community and social groups, you’ll be making a huge difference in their settlement success. It’s an immensely productive and gratifying way of spending your time and who knows – you might even make a friend for life.

The Social Studio

The Social Studio

Part educator, part retailer, part production house and all about people, The Social Studio is a not-for-profit social enterprise that uses fashion and creativity to create work and learning opportunities for Melbourne’s refugee and new migrant communities.

The Social Studio relies heavily on community involvement and donations, whether you’re shopping at their retail store, working with their ethical clothing production studio or donating money, materials or professional services. 100% of what goes into The Social Studio is invested right back into their free education and employment programs for migrant and refugee youth. 

6/30 Perry Street, Collingwood Yards, Upper Ground Courtyard, Collingwood

Albert Street Community Cupboard. Image credit: Milparinka

Share Groceries With Your Local Pantry

Got surplus groceries? Share the love with your neighbourhood by donating both perishable and non-perishables (e.g. tinned food, dried pasta) to your local pantry. If you haven’t seen one before, these take the form of shelves or cupboards located in a public place, filled with donated goods. They operate on a good will, take-what-you-need basis and can be a big help for those experiencing food insecurity. Examples include the Albert Street Community Cupboard in Brunswick and Reservoir community pantry, but do a quick Google search and you’ll find one near you.

Mind Australia

Mind Australia

A mental health and wellbeing organisation that provides recovery-focused support to more than 11,000 people a year, Mind recruits a fleet of volunteers to help deliver its services. That means everything from one-on-one social support, to providing information to carers, and working with the helpline service. 


Offer Help to Your Neighbours

Want to put out an open offer of help to your neighbours but don’t know them well? You could try slipping a small note introducing yourself and what you can help with (groceries, a lift to the doctors) if they ever need it, alongside your contact details. Alternatively, post something similar in your local community Facebook group or noticeboard, or try purpose-driven apps like Caremonger that connect kind strangers with those asking for help.

Donate to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

ASRC supports refugees and asylum seekers, who often have no income or government support and are reliant on organisations like theirs for food, shelter and medical care. Help them do their great work by donating money, food and material goods, or employ them for your next big catering or cleaning job. In this way, ASRC can train and create job opportunities for people seeking asylum, helping them gain confidence, Australian work experience and financial independence.

St Kilda Mums

Donate & Volunteer With St Kilda Mums

St Kilda Mums is a wonderful charity that envisions a future where we share more, waste less and care for every child. They work specifically to rehome quality nursery and baby items, bundling them into packages for new mums who need them the most. Aside from donating your own pre-loved items, SKM needs volunteers to help with every aspect of their operation, from accepting, sorting, cleaning, processing, packing and safety checking these items, to administrative and IT tasks.

Give Blood

Blood donations are greatly needed at all times of the year, but particularly during a lockdown, when the Red Cross reports a sharp dip in donation rates. Unfortunately, blood can’t be stockpiled, and fresh blood and plasma products are needed every day to support cancer patients, new mums and babies, people with immune deficiencies or blood diseases, and people who need surgery. Blood donation is considered an essential health service that is quick, easy and safe – all those snacks at the end don’t hurt either.

Hold a Food Drive for Foodbank

Another way to aid hunger is by holding a food drive in support of Foodbank, Australia’s largest food relief organisation. Each year they distribute tens of millions of meals across the country and there are a myriad of ways you can help. Monetary donations are always needed, with every $1 raised providing two meals to someone in need, or you can rally your family and friends to collect goods for their Yarraville warehouse – canned food, long life milk and juice, coffee and tea, bikkies and toiletries are always in demand.

Buy ethically, support these female-focused charities, help the planet by shopping second-hand and from local farmers markets. There are so many ways to give back and volunteer in Melbourne, and do more for the world (yourself included). 

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