Our volunteers

Our volunteer community

Our volunteer community is made of more than 1800 people, who are part of the same team with the same heart. Every service, every role, everyone makes a positive difference in the lives of our clients.  

People come from across Melbourne to volunteer in St Kilda, Fitzroy and surrounding suburbs. Without this support, we simply could not afford to provide some of our vital services. They are part of something bigger, making a real difference

Sacred Heart Mission offers a wide variety of opportunities for volunteering including in our client-service program areas and at our op shops, but also at our fundraising, finance and administration departments. We welcome your skills and talents. Find out where you can volunteer here.  

Volunteer training and skills development

Sacred Heart Mission is committed to providing volunteers with comprehensive training to help them acquire new knowledge and skills and develop existing ones.

Our volunteers have free access to the Mission's extensive training and development program.  Volunteers can choose to attend training sessions on site and engage with other staff and volunteers.  Alternatively, they can undertake training from the comfort of their home or even a cafe -  on their computer, iPad or smartphone.

Volunteers - at a glance

A snapshot of our volunteers’ contribution in a typical year - including programs and volunteer hours contributed (scroll right on mobile)

Meals Program

35,776 hours

Op Shops

32,298 hours

Hands on Health Clinic

4,984 hours

Women’s House

2,069 hours

Community Visitors Scheme

402 hours

Wellbeing and Activities Program

61 hours

Main Reception

1,627 hours

Aged Care Hostels

173 hours


2,189 hours


79,583 hours

If you are eager to volunteer and make a real difference to people experiencing disadvantage, you can learn more about our vacancies and reserve a place in one of our Information Sessions today.


0136,596Meals served through our meals program over the last year
069,269Hours contributed by our volunteers over the last year
05,740Responses at our Women’s House over the last year
Sacred Heart Mission acknowledges the traditional Aboriginal owners of country throughout Victoria and pays respects to them, their culture and their elders past, present and emerging.


Sacred Heart Mission has always aimed to be a place that embraces a sexuality and gender diverse community; everyone is welcome at our table and we believe a diverse community is good for everyone.