Volunteering opportunities

Volunteering opportunities at Sacred Heart Mission

Our current vacancies

Sacred Heart Mission has a dedicated team of more than 1,000 individual volunteers (plus numerous groups) who donate their time and skills regularly to tackle homelessness in Melbourne.

We offer various volunteer positions across our services. 

Please note: We appreciate your interest in volunteering with us. Currently we have an ongoing need for volunteers in our op shops and some of our other programs.

Our Women's House volunteering and our Meals Program are fully booked and we have a wait list for these programs, as such we are not taking any volunteers in these two programs.

Students interested in completing placement hours as part of their coursework need to apply via the student placement portal.

If your preferred volunteering role is not on the list, please make a donation to our services so we can continue to support those who need our help more than ever.

Looking for volunteers who want to make a difference to an older person living in an aged care home.

1. Location - St Kilda, Prahran, Port Melbourne, South Melbourne and Windsor

2. Responsibilities - Regularly visit a resident (that you are matched with) in an Aged Care Facility in one of the above listed suburbs. Engage the resident in hobbies and activities, which can range from reading the newspaper together to making music or playing cards.

3. Commitment - Weekly/fortnightly visits, during Monday – Friday. 

Please note, we do require the volunteer to commit for at least six months because it takes time to build a relationship between the resident and volunteer.

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Looking for volunteers who enjoy having a good chat and engaging with the elderly. We have multiple activities assistant roles available within our aged care facility in St Kilda.

1. Assist in facilitating musical bingo and, at times, sensory gardening. This is all for fun so no experience necessary!  You will be accompanied by a staff member who will run the sessions but you will have the opportunity to host the session and add your own flare, only if you want to. Looking for that special someone who can commit to a weekly or fortnightly shift on Wednesdays 1pm - 4pm

2. Looking for a volunteer who loves a bit of banter and can assist with the running of our in house Milk Bar. This role is on a Wednesday from 1:15, usually for 2 hours, give or take. Weekly or fortnightly commitment.

3. Are you a social butterfly? Love to chat? We are looking for a volunteer who can assist with making tea and coffee for our residents in our social hub, "The Hive" This role is available on Monday mornings, Tuesday afternoons or Thursday morning. Weekly or fortnightly commitment. 

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Our vibrant Sacred Heart Community (aged care facility) in the heart of St Kilda,  is looking for a green thumbed volunteer who can take on the challenge of caring for our large collection of Peace Lillies. We would love this volunteer to visit weekly. Days and times are flexible. 

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In the heart of vibrant Clarendon St you will find our trendy South Melbourne op shop. We are currently looking for  volunteers to join our creative and energetic team. This store is frequented from shoppers all over Melbourne who never fail to be impressed. Your work will be making the difference for our clients in our client services but also by creating a safe space for people to come shop, browse and find themselves a bargain. Volunteering is a great way to give back and put a smile on everyone's face, including your own. Come be part of something bigger and join the team.

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East St Kilda is subtle yet vibrant. With an eclectic atmosphere, this is the place to volunteer!  If you are passionate about fashion and are an expert in multitasking in a retail environment, then come join the team at our small East St Kilda store. This little corner shop offers the local community a place to come in and browse and find a bargain. Be part of the team to help achieve our daily targets and make a difference in our client's lives by providing much needed funding for the client services programs. 


Help provide a welcoming atmosphere, be comfortable on the till (we will train you), make the store look presentable, provide fantastic customer service, and be part of a wonderful op shop team. And most importantly have fun!! 


A half/full day weekly or fortnightly - Thursdays only

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We are currently looking for  volunteers to join in and create an inviting atmosphere for our lovely customer base. With the train station just next door this store has a lot of regular foot traffic and we are keen to make this store the "place to pop in". So bring your big smile and customer engagement and join this relatively new team. Your work will be making the difference for our clients in our client services but ALSO by creating a safe space for people to come to, shop, browse and find themselves a bargain. Volunteering is a great way to give back and put a smile on everyone's face, including your own. Come be part of something bigger and join the team.

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Come join a passionate team who are creating a wonderful environment for customers at our St Kilda store. Be part of something bigger and make a difference in our customers and clients lives. If you are passionate about sales and great customer service, or you have a flair for visual merchandising then come join the team. We are looking forward to welcoming you.

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We are currently looking for someone to join the happy team at our Bentleigh store. Bentleigh's location means its frequented by many loyal customers and building up a good culture and professional relationship with them and the community is vital to the stores success. The store gets many great donations that the staff team need to power through and volunteers assist in getting the goods out onto the shop floor for sale. We are looking for hardworking individuals with a good sense of humor as there is always fun to be had and lots of laughing when you enter the store. 

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Do you love making people smile? Do you enjoy helping people find what they need? Do you know how to design a window or present some bric a brac. Then come join the team. Our Chapel St store is in the heart of all activities in Prahran. We have a lot of foot traffic and many repeat customers because we make shopping fun. Come join in! We are especially in need of support on Saturdays!

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Our newly refurbished Hawthorn store is about to reopen and we need some extra support on a Thursday and Friday. This store is a much loved community icon and has been much missed since its closure earlier this year. Now we need your help to get everything up and running again and creating an amazing customer experience for our local community who have been supporting us for years. Come join the fun team and be part of supporting services for individuals experiencing homelessness and disadvantage. We need you!

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Elsternwick is all about being hip and trendy and inspiring. Come join this wonderful team and be an important part of the local community. With many regular customers coming in to the store its all about engagement and making their shopping experience as enjoyable as possible. If you have a creative vibe and are love people then this is the role for you. Come join our amazing Elsternwick team and help them get our name out there in the north. Every dollar earned goes right back into the client services that the Mission provides. 

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While Preston is far from our original base down in St Kilda, it is certainly a store that punches above its waist. Since its opening a couple of years ago the store has become a community hub, a treasure find for shoppers and a fun environment for the team members. You can find everything at this store and the friendly vibe invites everyone in to see what they can find. If you are love hearing other people's stories while working on creating for example a beautiful library or a bric a brac section then come along and join in. Everything you do will help our clients who need it most. Looking for help on Sunday afternoons.

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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
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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.