Volunteering is at the very core of being a human. No one has made it through life without someone else’s help.
How can you help
We have a range of meaningful volunteering positions available that will assist our community and brighten your day. You could be reading stories to our young people, helping to welcome asylum seekers to our community or playing bingo with our elderly community.
The tasks can be individual or part of a group, however each person has something unique to bring. Our volunteers come from diverse cultural backgrounds, different age groups and walks of life. As a volunteer, you will play an important role in helping us deliver our services.
- Garden and Maintenance Assistant – We are looking for someone who can assist with keeping our property clean and tidy for our community members. This would include mowing, weeding and gardening, trimming hedges and any other maintenance work you may be capable of.
- Customer Service Assistant – Providing face-to-face support to community members wanting to access Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support assistance. You would only require basic computer literacy for this volunteering role.
- Pop-up Playgroup – The pop-up playgroup is a partnership between Mercy Community, Somerset Regional Council (Libraries), Anglicare Southern Queensland and Playgroup Queensland. Everyone is welcome to come along to this free, supported playgroup. We provide fine and gross motor skill activities for young children, and morning tea is provided. A pop-up playgroup is delivered once a week during term time at our Early Years Place located at 1 Peace St Lowood. We are looking for people to help with set up and pack down of the Playgroup.
At the Romero Centre we have almost 40 volunteers helping to make this service possible. Volunteering roles could be:
- Assisting Asylum seekers to learn English as a second language. These classes run on Wed and Fri from 9.30am until 12pm and have been running for over 10 years!
- Helping to run activities such as Art Group.
- Front desk, administration or professional support – This could be supporting our administration team, greeting new faces or supporting someone in filling out a form.
- Helping to raise funds and assisting in community engagement events such Awards nights, Art Auctions, pop up dinners, our Romero Welcome Walk and other events to assist our community.
- Contributing to the Romero newsletters
- Pantry volunteer – Helping sort through donations and checking stock. You might be picking up donations, going shopping and providing outreach to deliver food to people who can’t travel.
Volunteer Patty lights up Aged Care
In 2021 Patty was given the Outstanding Volunteer Award during Mercy Community’s Mercy Day celebrations. It’s an award that recognises and honours a volunteer who has passionately and selflessly made an extraordinary contribution at Mercy Community to support people in our care through their volunteering services.
And it’s an award so well-deserved by Patty, humble as she takes the accolade.
“I felt surprised and very humbled when I heard,” she says.
“It’s a wonderful part of being in the Mercy family.”
The benefits of volunteering
- Great opportunity to meet people within your community, build connections and potentially make new friends
- Learn new skills or use your current skills for a worthy cause
- You can gain professional experience which can lead to employment
- It can provide a sense of community and purpose in your life
- Build self-esteem and teach you valuable life skills
- Bring joy to your life and provide good feelings through contribution. This can also help to lessen the effects of stress or anxiety in your life
- This could be the next exciting experience in your life
- Teach others about an activity or a hobby that you love
- Finish your day or week with an experience that fills your cup and invigorates you
How volunteering helps Mercy Community
Our organisation is better because of the big hearts of our volunteers and support they provide. Their time and support is invaluable to not only Mercy Community but the people we support. Sometimes something as simple as spending time with people in our care can really make their day! We truly are inspired every day by the work, time and kindness our volunteers bring to our organisation and hope you will consider joining the Mercy Community family.