Volunteering with Hobart City Mission
Are you looking for a way to give back to the community? Or perhaps you are looking to up-skill and make new friends?
Join the Hobart City Mission family and help your local community by volunteering in one of many diverse, and rewarding roles.
Interested in working in a retail assistant role, or perhaps events and fundraising is more your thing?
Whether you find a role at of our Op Shops, or assisting to distribute Christmas presents to those doing it tough, volunteering with us is a rewarding and valuable way to make a contribution to your community. We provide training, support and recognition along the way!
So, if this sound like you, view the vacant volunteer positions below, or get in touch with us to discuss your set of skills and we’ll match you to a role that suits.
Love what you do!
Current Volunteer Vacancies
Huonville Op Shop:
Tuesdays: 9.00am to 5.00pm
Wednesdays: 1pm to 5.00pm
Thursdays: 1.00pm – 5.00pm
Kingston Op Shop:
Tuesdays: 9.00am – 1.00pm
Sorell Op Shop:
Mondays: 9.00am to 5.00pm
Saturdays 9.00am – 1.00pm
Moonah Donation Sorting Warehouse:
Monday – Friday 9.00am – 4.00pm
Volunteer with us in 4 easy steps...
Click below and complete our registration form to join our HCM Family today!
PLEASE NOTE: We try to check these registrations as frequently as possible, but are sometimes only able to check once a week.
Please don’t panic if you do not hear from us immediately, we will get back to you!
Here are some of the ways that you can be involved at Hobart City Mission:
“The best part about volunteering is getting out in the truck meeting people” – Brian
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.
Volunteers who work in our Op Shops make a real difference by creating a sense of community in each shop.
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
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:
Festival of Voices (July)
Christmas Assistance Program (December)
Community Group Events (throughout the year)
Sausage Sizzles (throughout the year)
These roles may involve the following responsibilities:
Supervision of stalls
Distribution of donations
Cooking of sausage sizzles
“Everyone has been so welcoming and friendly, it’s been a positive experience for me – thank you!” – Jacqui
“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 is a live-in parenting and life-skills program that supports young mums and their infants. Small Steps aims to provide 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:
Click here to find out more about Small Steps.
Frequently Asked Questions about Volunteering
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.