It takes a special type of person to become a volunteer. At Uniting Harrison, our volunteers are from all walks of life, but they all share an enthusiasm for helping those in need. Although they are not paid, our volunteers are an essential part of our team and we would struggle to run many of our services without them. All volunteers are provided with an induction to UnitingCare Harrison and are offered the opportunity to work in a friendly and supportive team environment.

Volunteering Opportunities available:

Bread Service

This role involves picking up bread from nearby bakeries each week, bagging it and delivering it to our office. The bread is available to those in need.

Christmas Appeal

This fun role allows you to “play Santa” and bring a little Christmas joy to families in need. Volunteers help collect, sort and distribute gifts that are donated through local businesses, schools and Target stores during UnitingCare’s national Christmas Appeal. You must be available during November/December for this role.

Opportunity Shop

The biggest group of volunteers work in our shop located in the eastern region of Melbourne. This shop raises vital funds for UnitingCare Harrison’s programs and client services that are not funded by government or church. Our shop is stocked with donated goods from the public and is operated solely by volunteers.

Corporate Volunteers

We are always keen to hear from corporate groups or individuals who would like to be involved in assisting our mission – we can offer small or medium project work for example: a property makeover or a gardening project.

If any of these opportunities interest you, or you would like to find out more about how you can make a difference, please contact the Community Engagement Officer on (03) 9051 3000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Community Meals

Our weekly "Food and Friendship" Community Meals program operates from Gifford Village Community Centre in Croydon North.

This role incorporates food preparation, cooking, setting up, serving meals, clearing tables, dishes, etc.