Are you looking for a way to give back to your community, upskill and make new friends? 

Join Hobart City Mission’s volunteer family and be rewarded with new experiences, new friends and the knowledge that you are making a difference to people doing it tough. 

Volunteer with us in 4 easy steps...

Step One

Register your interest in volunteering with us by clicking Register here and answering a few quick questions.  

Step Two

We’ll call you for a quick chat to find out more about you and to set up a time to meet. You can also ask us more about volunteering and we will email you more information.

Step Three

We meet to go through the details of what to expect as a volunteer with HCM. We  fill in the necessary paperwork and give you the details of your first shift!

Step Four

Your first shift! How exciting! You’ll meet with a HCM staff member who will welcome you to the team and show you the ropes.

Every volunteer at Hobart City Mission makes a real difference. Below are just some of the ways that you can join us. 

Schools & Corporate

Volunteer with your school or work or as part of a work experience placement. Opportunities include in our Sorting Warehouse, or talk to us about tailored experiences.

Special Events

Volunteer at important events such as our Christmas Assistance Program, or public events to raise important funds and awareness for our programs.  

Ad-Hoc Helpers

Can’t commit to a regular gig? We have lots of options to help out with admin, phone calls,  odd jobs from time-to-time, or be on-call for our
Op Shops. 

Frequent Friends

We have lots of regular shifts at our Op Shops and often need support in our Small Steps & DIY Dads programs. Anything from half a day a week to three times a week. 

City Mission Op Shops

City Mission Op Shops generate funds through the sale of second-hand goods which are donated by the local community. These funds help people in Southern Tasmania who are facing and hardship and homelessness through HCM’s vital programs and services. 

There are many volunteer roles available in our nine Op Shops, which involve:

  • Customer Service
  • Product processing and handling
  • Money handling
  • Transport driving and offsiding
  • Lifting of furniture
  • Answering phone calls
  • Pricing products
Op Shop Volunteer

 “The best part about volunteering is getting out in the truck meeting people” – Brian


Hobart City Mission runs events throughout the year to raise funds for various community programs, create awareness of the organisation and connect with the local community. We value the help of volunteers to make these events a success. Volunteering for events is on an on-call/casual basis – we will contact you when opportunities arise.
Events that HCM runs/participates in that require the assistance of volunteers, include:
  • Christmas Assistance Program (December)
  • Community Group Events (throughout the year)
  • Sausage Sizzles (throughout the year)
These roles may involve community engagement, supervision of stalls, sorting donations, distributing donations or cooking sausage sizzles. 
Volunteers at Pram Push


Everyone has been so welcoming and friendly, it’s been a positive experience for me – thank you!” – Jacqui

Small Steps

I volunteer with Small Steps and appreciate what a great program this is for young mums. I am pleased to be able to help in a small way to make it happen” – Mary

Small Steps

Small Steps is a live-in parenting and life-skills program that supports young mums and their young children. Small Steps provides safe and secure accommodation, as well as parenting support while the young mums work towards their goals. Residents are able to stay for up to two years, with support to transition into the community.

Volunteers can assist in providing support and guidance to the mums.

There are many roles available for volunteers at Small Steps, including:

  • Program Support Volunteer
  • Child Minder
  • Volunteer Mentor
  • Overnight Caretaker

Click here to find out more about Small Steps.

Frequently Asked Questions

This is really up to you! You can get involved with anything from a once-off event, a half day every month, to a full day once or twice a week - it’s up to you! Whatever you can give we will appreciate. Volunteers can help out with a project for a few days in an ad-hoc way or a regular commitment each week.

Volunteering is unpaid time willingly given to help someone else. HCM is supported by hundreds of passionate volunteers who generously donate their time, energy and expertise to help us deliver our programs and services that offer essential help to people in need in our wider community.

Once you are placed in a volunteering role, you will meet your supervisor who will be your support and mentor. They will explain how things work, what they need you to do, and will be available to answer your questions. Your supervisor and volunteer engagement coordinator will support you throughout the time you are volunteering.

Some volunteer roles need a lot of training or formal training and some just need the basics  or on-the-job training. Your supervisor will be able to make sure you are given what you need so you can perform your tasks correctly.

Volunteers are a reflection of the diversity of our community. The skills, qualities and experience you have will all be taken into consideration when placing you into a volunteering role.


You may not realise it, but you already have a lot you could contribute, even if you have no previous volunteering experience. Many of our opportunities simply require a friendly attitude and a little bit of time.

Think about why you would like to try volunteering, discuss it with us and come and try it out. You might prefer to help out at a once-off event first to see if it’s the right fit for you.

You are under no obligation to keep volunteering if you don’t like it, but please talk to your supervisor before stopping so you can discuss with them why you feel unhappy and what you feel would improve your time as a volunteer. 

Any volunteers who do not have permanent residency in Australia need to ensure they are keeping within the law and abiding to their visa restriction.  Generally, if you have the right to work in Australia you also have the right to volunteer.

Yes, we love corporate volunteers and aim to customise a program of volunteering roles to compliment the interests and skills of your organisation. Please contact us today by emailing volunteering@hobartcitymission.org.au to discuss.

Yes, the vast majority of volunteering roles involve working with other volunteers as well as community members and staff.

We offer volunteering support and social events throughout the year. You will receive invitations to attend these events.

Yes, we require all our staff and volunteers to have a police check. We will accept previous polic checks if they are no older than 6 months. HCM will arrange and pay for  your police check and details will be mailed out to you.

HCM can assist with some travel expenses and HCM will pay for the cost to obtain a police check before you volunteer.

You can be any age to volunteer- but many opportunities have age restriction. Our Insurance policy indicates our Op Shops volunteers can be of 16 years old and above. Other school and community-based projects are slightly different and worth contacting us about.

Yes, you can. There are less opportunities for group volunteering but larger style events and fundraising projects are ideal.

We put you in our database and we will send you weekly updates on vacancies as they come up. It is first-in-best-dressed in most cases so best to stay connected with us.   

Volunteering is proven to have a positive effect on mental, physical and social wellbeing. It can alleviate stress and depression, combat loneliness and even increase life expectancy. The opportunity to “give back” provides volunteers with increased self-esteem, connection to community and is a great way to meet new people and make new friends. Volunteering can be a way to learn new skills and even act as a potential pathway to employment.

All volunteers at Hobart City Mission can expect to experience these benefits, regardless of their background, experience or situation.

Join our HCM Family today!