About Us

Helping deliver a better community for all through volunteering

Volunteering Geelong is an independent, not-for-profit organisation committed to promoting and supporting volunteering and the role of volunteers in the Geelong, Surf Coast and Otway regions.

Since 1998, we have worked with individuals, groups and organisations in our community to facilitate volunteering through:

  • Interviewing and training people interested in becoming a volunteer
  • Connecting people wishing to volunteer with other local not-for-profit groups and organisations looking for volunteer support
  • Supporting businesses and larger organisations seeking volunteer opportunities for staff development.
  • Coordinating specific volunteer program to help build confidence and skills of vulnerable people from our community.

As a volunteer resource centre, we also advocate the importance of volunteers and volunteering within our region. This region covers the municipalities of Greater Geelong, Golden Plains, Queenscliffe, Colac Otway and Surf Coast.

As part of this advocacy role, we coordinate the annual Geelong Volunteer of the Year Awards.

Our fundraising is coordinated through the Volunteering Geelong Community Foundation. The Foundation was established in 2019 to attract funding for volunteer services specifically directed at supporting the most vulnerable in our community to deliver a more equitable society.

Our Vision

Empowering Communities, Enriching Lives: Together, we’re building a region where volunteering thrives, individuals are empowered to contribute, and rewarding experiences are accessible to all, fostering social connections, well-being, and positive change.

Our Mission

Empowering Change Through Volunteering: We are dedicated to coordinating, advocating, and supporting volunteering initiatives that drive positive social impact, fostering resilience, connection, and opportunity within our region.

Our Values

Community Empowerment: Volunteering Geelong values empowering individuals and communities to make a positive difference through volunteering, fostering a sense of ownership and agency in community development.

Inclusivity and Diversity: Volunteering Geelong is committed to promoting inclusivity and diversity within volunteering, ensuring equitable access and opportunities for all community members regardless of background or circumstance.

Respect and Integrity: Volunteering Geelong upholds values of respect and integrity in all interactions, treating volunteers, VIOs, and community members with dignity, honesty, and fairness.

Collaboration and Partnership: Volunteering Geelong values collaboration and partnership with stakeholders, including volunteers, Volunteer Involving Organizations (VIOs), government agencies, and other community groups, to maximize the impact and effectiveness of volunteering initiatives.

Empathy and Compassion: Volunteering Geelong values empathy and compassion in understanding the diverse needs of volunteers and the community, providing support and assistance with care and understanding.

Innovation: Volunteering Geelong values innovation, regularly seeking feedback, evaluating outcomes, and adapting strategies to sustainably meet the community's evolving needs.