Using the information submitted by the community, we've compiled profiles to showcase some of our wonderful volunteers. Find out more about the work they do and what motivates them to volunteer.


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Tell us a little about where you volunteer?
I volunteer with Murrindindi on the Move at Kinglake as a driver. Council (or the program) provide the vehicle and I am more than happy to volunteer my time.


How did you get into volunteering?
Officer (Alison) from the shire came to a Rotary meeting to recruit volunteer drivers and because I'm retired, have extra time and I can access the vehicle, I signed up. What a wonderful service to offer to people who don't have their own vehicles or immediate family to help.


What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
Meeting the beautiful people, mostly farmers, and in the transportation to and from we have a lovely chat. Its social and support people with their health appointments. I want to go to heaven, after a full life its time to give back.


Is there anything you find challenging about volunteering?
Making sure you can commit to the time can be challenging, especially when your own life is going through a difficult period.


What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?
You will get a lot of pleasure out of volunteering. I think once people get into it they will find they love it as it gets you out and about within the community. If you want a pat on the back or a badge don't go there but if you want to volunteer for the right reasons you will be the winner.

Tell us a little about where you volunteer?
  • Kinglake Primary School - fundraising coordinator
  • Kinglake Blue Light Disco - committee
  • Kinglake Ranges Community Basketball Association - secretary
  • Kinglake Cub Scouts - parent helper
  • Kinglake Landcare Group - participant at events.


How did you get into volunteering?
General interest in being a decent member of society! Interest in the environment, and saw a need for participation in various other services or groups we engage with around the community. Saw the potential for improvements at school and had some skills I could contribute to make them happen.


What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
You meet the best people in any given group when you volunteer: generous, decent, responsible and thoughtful people.


Is there anything you find challenging about volunteering?
Attracting other volunteers! It's always disappointing what a small proportion of parents put their hand up to help when we have events which raise funds to improve facilities or activities for their families or the environment.


What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?
Volunteering gives you a great sense of belonging, you make new friends and connections in the community. You often learn about the area or gain new skills, whether organisational or physical when you participate. Its super rewarding when you see a project you've planned or fundraised for become a reality.

Tell us a little about where you volunteer?
Meals on wheels and waiting to hear about the social visit volunteer role.


How did you get into volunteering?
I’ve always volunteered as my Mum did whenever I could fit a volunteer role in around life and family commitments.


What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
You get to meet so many amazing people either clients or other volunteers. Every day is different.


Is there anything you find challenging about volunteering?
Finding the time to fit it in around the other aspects of my life!

What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?
Just do it ! (as the Nike ad says) you won’t regret it. The feeling you have knowing that In some small way you’ve put a smile on someone’s face who might not have had one there that day before makes it worth it. As my mum said "You don’t volunteer because you want to feel noble and good about yourself, you do it to make others feel better about themselves or that they know someone that day is interested in them and there life."


Do you have any final comments or stories to share?
I once volunteered dog walking for people who physically couldn’t walk their dogs. One lovely lady would make us all, and I do mean all of us (dog as well) a cup of tea, sandwich, cake or biscuit to have afterwards - I learnt not to have a second cup of tea - sometimes shed mix the cups up! Lol.

Tell us a little about where you volunteer?

  • Yea Community House, (former Chair)
  • Yappers Theatre group,
  • Yea Wetlands Committee of Management (chair)
  • Yea Wetlands tour guide
  • Yea Wetlands Discovery Centre Executive committee
  • Murrundindi Birders (leader)
  • Yea Home Group (a Christian gathering)


How did you get into volunteering?

  • Through churches - I began as a volunteer but became a minister
  • Through children - I got involved in things my children were doing
  • Through living in a rural town - I saw that volunteering built life-saving social cohesion.


What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
Successful projects, fellowship and friendship, using my talents, supporting people, involvement with nature and teaching others to appreciate it.


Is there anything you find challenging about volunteering?
Volunteers can just walk away when they want to, and those left have to carry more. I am not the great leader I need to be, I work best when others with complementary skills share the load. e.g. I don't prepare sufficiently in advance, a good organiser alongside makes a big difference.


What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?
Turn off your TV and get involved. You can change the world, enrich the community, develop skills and find a new family. Be humble and willing, but know your limitations. Remember the word 'burnout'.


Final comment
Succession is a big issue. Lack of it leaves volunteers marooned on committees they would like to leave. The greatest elation comes at the completion of a successful event. The euphoria at the end of a successful local theatre performance is uplifting, life-changing, bond-forming, exquisite and (alas), fleeting. Many performers in Ladies in Black (Yappers 2019), for example, said it was the happiest time of their lives.


Tell us a little about where you volunteer?

  • Community Access
  • Alex Community Hub
  • CFA


How did you get into volunteering?
I joined Apex in 1983 and had been involved in CFA prior.


What do you enjoy most about volunteering?

  • Being useful in your community.
  • Make life experiences and improvements for fellow citizens.


Is there anything you find challenging about volunteering?
Initially no, but time restraints became an issue.


What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?
It is a great feeling of belonging and personal achievement especially involving others as well as yourself.


Do you have any final comments or stories to share?
I have been involved in many types of volunteering during my time in Alexandra and can honestly say they have all been a wonderful and rewarding experience with likeminded individuals and do not regret any of them.

Tell us a little about where you volunteer?
Alexandra Meals on Wheels. I also volunteer at the Opp Shop and through Rotary.


How did you get into volunteering?
A request came to Rotary and I was encouraged to volunteer through another Rotarian.


What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
Volunteering makes me feel useful and I enjoy meeting the people who receive meals. I think it is a wonderful service that helps people stay in their own homes, rather than need residential aged care.


Is there anything you find challenging about volunteering?
Although most recipients of meals are happy and friendly, some are not. Some are forced to have the meals through a relative who is worried about them. Some are hard to find geographically.


What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?
Volunteering is a rewarding way to help our community. So many services rely on volunteers as there is never enough money for paid staff. Especially when you have retired it is a great way to stay involved. Volunteers are needed for many services - the library, schools, Scouts, the Hospital and Aged Care.

Tell us a little about where you volunteer?
I am currently Deputy Chair of the Yea Wetlands Discovery Centre Inc. association, having served on the Executive Committee for some eight years. I am a member of the Yea and District Memorial Hospital Board and have been chair for four years. I have been an active firefighter with the Limestone Fire Brigade for over 20 years. More recently in response to the need for board renewal I have become a director of the Murrindindi Community Enterprise Ltd which operates the community bank in Yea. I am a member of the Yea River Catchment Landcare Group and regularly participate in Landcare working groups. Currently I have volunteered to assist the Yea Saleyards Committee of Management to develop a new ten year business and strategy plan. More recently I have initiated the Limestone Community project designed to communicate a considerable Limestone/Cheviot history but also to strengthen local connections especially after two years of COVID-19 disruption.


How did you get into volunteering?
My wife and I have enjoyed living in Yea on a part -time basis for nearly 30 years. More recently this has become more of a full-time living arrangement. I have sought out these volunteering activities to be able to make a contribution to our local community. Giving has its own distinct rewards. It is a way to meet others in the community and undertake modest capacity building strengths in a small town and surrounding areas. I have enjoyed a productive and satisfying career, Volunteering is one way of giving back in return.


What do you enjoy most about volunteering?

  • Meeting others in the community through developing a common sense of purpose.
  • Achieving outcomes that might not otherwise have occurred without the initiative of volunteers
  • Protecting essential services and activities for our local community that might not otherwise have survived without volunteer leadership.


Is there anything you find challenging about volunteering

  • Running a modest farm as well as undertaking the portfolio of volunteering activities. Things can get overly busy at times.
  • The apparent generational divide that reflects community participation in volunteering. I have grave misgivings about the paucity of volunteers coming through to replace others who are now in their 80s and 90s.
  • The apparent fragmentation of volunteering opportunities at a time when local communities are becoming increasingly 'atomised'. There is no 'civic oversight' of volunteering needs and matching within our community.
  • Succession arrangements for volunteers: if one volunteers for a key role, one often has it for life as finding volunteers to succeed one is increasingly challenging.


What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?

  • Go for it. It will be truly rewarding.
  • Great way to meet new people (with similar interests) within the local community.
  • Great way to give back.

Tell us a little about where you volunteer?

  • Alexandra Golf club
  • Thornton Eildon District Football and Netball Club.


How did you get into volunteering?
Wanting to better the place I live.


What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
Community spirit.


Is there anything you find challenging about volunteering?
Support.


What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?
Give it a go!

Tell us a little about where you volunteer?

Eildon Visitor Centre


How did you get into volunteering?

Last year, after Covid lockdowns spirits were low everywhere. Eildon was looking deserted with a lack of visitors and it's array of empty shops and closed Visitor Centre.

Our isolation was hopefully keeping Covid at bay, and I could do nothing about the shops, but after an Eildon Action meeting in that building, I decided that the Visitor Centre was something I could re-open, to welcome tourists on their return and ‘wave the Eildon flag for the local community.' This also grew into presenting ‘Eildon Edition’, which had replaced the long running ‘Eyes on Eildon’ but seemed to be foundering.

After much de-spidering (yes, red backs too,) cleaning, furniture moving etc the Centre re -opened and now welcomes tourists and locals with information, a meeting place and a great collection of free books and DVDs… run by volunteers!


Do you have any final comments or stories to share?

Eildon has a great volunteering history. Think back to Tidy Towns in the 1990’s.Meals on Wheels, Eildon Action, Lions, setting up the Dams Museum, Cemetery Working Bees, Landcare, Wild Life Rescue, CFA, School and Kinder Committees, plus, I am sure many more.

Many of these volunteers have been working tirelessly for years and now need others to take up the reins. Sometimes life changes gradually, such as when the kids no longer need us; sometimes there is a life-changing event no-one could foresee.. We can sit on the couch eating chocolate and watching day-time TV, or we can get out there, meet new people, (though this can take courage), and give a few, or many hours to the community. I know. It worked for me.

Tell us a little about where you volunteer?
I volunteer at the Kinglake Football Netball Club as the secretary, which is part of the executive committee. The new executive committee is mostly with new members, with Billie being the President and the first female President. Having myself and Billie as 2 women in the committee is something the club is not used to, which excites us to share our knowledge and different ideas to change the clubs future.


How did you get into volunteering?

My husband was approached to be vice-president and when he came home and asked if I was ok with him taking on such a big role, I said: "well why don't I take on the role of the secretary so we can do it together". I have always wanted to volunteer at a high capacity, and with myself having a toddler and newborn, I felt that this was the best opportunity and time for me to take on a role where I can dedicate my complete free time and energy towards a worthy project.


What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
I enjoy the fact that the work and collaboration that I do is for the benefit of a community sporting club, and that I do it out of joy and not a necessity. Also, being able to see the inside work of the club is very interesting to me as you don't understand the immense work that goes into it until you are exposed to it.


Is there anything you find challenging about volunteering?
Being so new to the role, the hardest thing I found so far is wrapping my head around the values and legacies that the community will not want to change. There is always best intension with new ideas on how to change the club, but we need to take into consideration the history that the club has and what actions and values need to be kept to continue its legacies.


What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?
If you are considering volunteering but you are not sure you can truly commit, there are always small roles you can take to see how you like it. Regardless of how little or big your role is within that volunteer role, I can assure you that you will find satisfaction in knowing that you are a part of something amazing.

Tell us a little about where you volunteer?
MCC 2020- 2023-Community planning project to renovate Toolangi tennis courts Tennis Courts.


How did you get into volunteering?
Via Toolangi Castella Community house.


What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
Seeing a project progress with other like minded people.


Is there anything you find challenging about volunteering?
Time, technology, red tape.


What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?
Go for it!

Tell us a little about where you volunteer?
Yea Wetlands, Water Discovery and Information Centre.

I love the wetlands and we have fabulous people working at our centre.

The information centre is a hub for people going to the snow (Mansfield) or the lake (Eildon) so all year round we are fairly steady. Lots of day-trippers from Melbourne also. It's wonderful to share the beauty of our shire with the staff and visitors to Yea.


How did you get into volunteering?

I have always volunteered in either environmental or community groups. I saw an advertisement in the local magazine a couple of years ago for the current position I am in. I feel it is important to contribute to the community.


What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
Helping people and helping people enjoy Murrindindi Shire.


Is there anything you find challenging about volunteering?
No


What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?
Do it, there is so much satisfaction to be gained from helping people, not to mention the added bonus of meeting wonderful people along the way.

Tell us a little about where you volunteer?
Alexandra Opportunity Shop and Alexandra Kindergarten


How did you get into volunteering?
We have a family history of volunteering. My husband has always volunteered and I started volunteering early on for things close to my heart. Even when working at the local school I volunteered to coach sports teams.

When our own children were at playgroups, kinder, school, etc I was exposed to the need for families to contribute. Not in the hope of benefitting my children but in an altruistic way but for the betterment of all the children/club. I also volunteered at the Alex Tourist Info Centre in both its old and new buildings.

I had a friend at Alex Op Shop who told me they needed help.

I have grandchildren attending kinder and I saw a gap and thought maybe I could contribute by offering my expertise to the committee. I’d been thinking about it for long time and now have more time since retiring and not having our business. At the kinder I have long thought that shade was needed at the front entry. I investigated screens and blinds and decided a first step would be to plant trees. A few interested children helped with the planting late last year and we should eventually get some relief from the ghastly late afternoon sun at the main entry and in the office shining on computer screens.


What do you enjoy most about volunteering
Satisfaction of being useful and doing a job that needs to be done.


Is there anything you find challenging about volunteering?
When you are a volunteer it is important to realise other people are in charge and to accept they have other things going on. I have learnt to make a suggestion and if it’s not received just step back. If you would like to participate in decision making then you could join the committee. Try not to get too stirred up about the politics of the organisation. Be clear with the organisation on how and when you can commit. Let them know your parameters at the beginning and clear any arrangements with them.


What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?
Just do it! Volunteering is a two way street.

Tell us a little about where you volunteer?
Thornton Eildon District Football Netball Club, currently has a woman's football team with the hopes of getting number to have a men's side and netball team again.


How did you get into volunteering?
I used to play for the club.


What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
Getting to know more people in the community.


Is there anything you find challenging about volunteering?
Being able to commit enough time for genuine, meaningful work to be done.


What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?
That it is such a great way to feel connected to community.

Tell us a little about where you volunteer?
Alexandra, Meals on Wheels


How did you get into volunteering?
Someone rang to ask if I would be interested in doing Meals on Wheels.


What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
Meeting other people, being able to help them and having a little chat.


Is there anything you find challenging about volunteering?
No not really, it’s pretty good.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?
If you have the time to do it you will find it very rewarding.

Tell us a little about where you volunteer?
Church Youth Groups, Cubs, Scouts, Basketball.


How did you get into volunteering?
Through Church Youth Groups, Cubs, Scouts, Basketball.


What do you enjoy most about
volunteering?
Satisfaction in success.


Is there anything you find challenging about volunteering?
Dealing with People.


What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?
Go for it.

Tell us a little about where you volunteer?
Thornton Eildon District Football Netball Club in the canteen.


How did you get into volunteering?
Was playing, got injured an knew help was needed.


What do you enjoy most about volunteering?

  • Sense of community
  • Being able to see the club thrive.


Is there anything you find challenging about volunteering?
Just organising my own time.


What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?
Have a go - always help needed.

Tell us a little about where you volunteer?
Alexandra Football Club and Alexandra Golf Club.


How did you get into volunteering?
I have been Volunteering for over 74 Years, in this Shire for 34 Years-Rotary, Kellock Lodge, Friends of Kellock, Anglican Church in Marysville , Buxton & Alexandra (now finished with that), Several Shire Committees in the 90s, Historical Society, Alexandra Opportunity Shop as Chairman, VIC Basketball Committee –Treasurer


How did you get into volunteering?
Seemed the right thing to do.


What do you enjoy most about volunteering
Companionship and Satisfaction.


What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?
Go for it!

Tell us a little about where you volunteer?
I volunteer and am connected to the Community Visitors scheme run by The Centre in Wangaratta. I also do Meals on Wheels.


How did you get into volunteering?
When I retired from teaching I wanted to have something meaningful to do with my days.


What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
I enjoy talking to people, listening to their life stories and making them feel like someone cares for them.


Is there anything you find challenging about volunteering?
Sometimes there are other things happening in your life that you have to juggle. However, I believe it is very important to honour your commitment to whoever you are helping.


What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?
It’s a worthwhile thing to do, caring for other people but also it does make you feel good as well!

Tell us a little about where you volunteer?
I primarily volunteer in Marysville. Including the Marysville Brownies and Youth Group. I also volunteer in other areas of the Shire including Alexandra.


How did you get into volunteering?
I first started volunteering as my Mum would volunteer for places such as the Marysville Primary School, Saddle Tramps, Secondary College etc so would go along with her and help out. Continuing to do so on my own after this.


What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
Meeting and talking to new people for sure! I love to know that I have helped make a difference and helped people along the way.


Is there anything you find challenging about volunteering?
Sometimes it is a little nerve racking at the start but once you meet everyone and learn what to do it becomes very rewarding.


What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?
I would tell them to go for it! You feel a large amount of fulfilment knowing you have helped people and the community. As well as a sense of self-growth and development in putting yourself out into new environments and situations that you wouldn't usually. I definitely would recommend it if you have the time.

Tell us a little about where you volunteer?
Thornton Eildon District Football and Netball Club


How did you get into volunteering?
My partner is involved in the club.


What do you enjoy most about volunteering

  • Community spirit
  • Seeing local sport


Is there anything you find challenging about volunteering?
Giving up your free time.


What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?
DO IT!

Tell us a little about where you volunteer?
Friends of the Library, Alexandra & District, Kellock Lodge and Red Cross.


How did you get into volunteering?
As a member of an Apex Club, and then Rotary Club. I joined the COM at the Moorabbin Association for the Intellectually Handicapped (now Marriott Support Services). I served as Secretary for 13 years. When I relocated to Alexandra I became involved in committees at ADH, Dame Pattie Menzies, the Alexandra Bowling Club, Red Cross Patient Transport (Driving and Co-ordinating the local service), Chair of the Alexandra Racecourse Recreation Reserve Management Committee and as part of the Community Visitor program at Kellock Lodge.


What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
Getting to know the community I live in. Meeting new and interesting people. Giving to the community. Growing as a person.


Is there anything you find challenging about volunteering?
The bureaucracy that volunteers deal with are remote from the task and don't fully understand what they are asking of volunteers. An example is Red Cross where they attempt to run rural services from their Metro Office modelled on a service designed for the metro area. They fail to accept that all regional services have their unique characteristics and to be successful they need to aware of these differences.


What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?
Get into it. You will soon realise that you are making a contribution to your community. Don't get frustrated with the bureaucracy. Too many in those positions believe they are better than you and cannot accept they are reliant on you for their success.

Tell us a little about where you volunteer?

  • Yea Wetlands Discovery Centre - tour guide
  • Strath Creek Landcare Group - committee member
  • Yea River Catchment Landcare Group - member/guest speaker
  • Flowerdale Community House - Treasurer
  • 2030Yea - member
  • Sacred Heart Primary School - mentor
  • Kids Teaching Kids program - mentor


How did you get into volunteering?
It is a natural extension of things I like to do.


What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
Helping out

Is there anything you find challenging about volunteering?
  • Lack of numbers to get the work done
  • Inefficient meeting processes
  • Volunteers who are there in name only.


What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?

  • Make sure it in an area that you are passionate about
  • Make sure you have the time to contribute the way you want to contribute

I volunteer with Lions Club Eildon - through the Eildon Lions Camp at Big River which is the main source of income. We proudly pledged $21,000 to Kellock Lodge in 2019. The Lions Club support the Alexandra High School with BBQs, cross country interschools and wood collection for raffles. The Lions Club also support the community market and Fisheries Victoria on open days which encourages visitors to Eildon.

How did you get into volunteering?

I started volunteering in the 70s when approached by Peter Savage and was asked to join ADAS (Ambulance Vic). I spent 22 years with ADAS as an officer in Eildon, when ADAS was taken over by Ambulance Victoria, I joined the Eildon Lions Club again.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering?

The appreciation of the people you assist is what I enjoy most about volunteering.

Is there anything you find challenging about volunteering?

Wanting to help more people than possible.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?

Do it. It’s a great feeling of satisfaction in supporting your community.

Tell us a little about where you volunteer?
I am a member of TAG (Triangle Arts Group) - Marysville art show, community art projects, mosaics. I was also involved with the pans of fire steelband for 10 years, doing lots of gigs, Marysville marathon, friend of lions, support for Marysville community gym. I am on the Marysville iconic walk committee from Melbourne to Marysville.

I am also a member of MIRA (Marysville Information and Regional Art space and also a member of MTBT (Marysville Tourism and Business).


How did you get into volunteering?

Having a new business in Marysville some 20 years ago and part of this was working in the information centre.


What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
Working with the community, meeting new people and forming new friendships.


Is there anything you find challenging about volunteering?
Having enough time while also running two businesses in Marysville.


What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?
I think volunteering is a very satisfying and enjoyable thing to do.

Tell us a little about where you volunteer?
I am a volunteer at Rosebank Aged Care, Yea. I enjoy visiting the residents and chatting with them. They have so much wisdom to share and they love a visit to hear our stories from the community.


How did you get into volunteering?
I used to be the activities coordinator there and when I Ieft that role I wanted to keep contact with the residents.


What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
I enjoy seeing their faces light up when I bring my little therapy dog in to visit. I love hearing their stories and knowing that I can make a difference to their day.


Is there anything you find challenging about volunteering?
Sickness and death. While it is inevitable that this is going to happen at some stage, I still find it challenging. It always helps to know you made a contribution to their life though.


What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?
Do it. It's probably the most rewarding thing you will do in your life. It feels so good to give back.

Tell us a little about where you volunteer?
Marysville Lions, Marysville Tri Gym (monitor and management committee) MIRA ,Triangle Arts Group, Marysville Marathon, Pans on Fire community steel band.


How did you get into volunteering?
By being involved with the community.


What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
Satisfaction from improving the community and Fellowship.


What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?
Give it a try.

Tell us a little about where you volunteer?
Alexandra Hub


How did you get into volunteering?
I’m a retired nurse and was asking different people regarding some volunteering and Sue invited me to the Hub.


What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
Enjoy meeting local people and helping the community and Sue with the different activities that are organised.


Is there anything you find challenging about volunteering?
I find volunteering a very rewarding and happy to help out in a small way.


What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering?
Yes, it is a great way to meet local people and learn about the community we live in.


Do you have any final comments or stories to share?
I am very impressed with what there is on offer at the Alex Hub, and I do let people know that they are very lucky to have this service here and often refer people to see information here.

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Name Andrew Langley, Access & Inclusion Officer
Phone (03) 5772 0333
Email alangley@murrindindi.vic.gov.au