Since Monday, National Volunteer Week has been honouring the 6.4 million Australians1 who give their time for free to help their neighbours, their communities and our country.
They might be tireless fundraisers, emergency heroes, educators, animal rescuers or even sport coaches.
With volunteer numbers doubling since 1995, we’ve put together a simple guide on how to become a volunteer, including tips from some of our Covers Program cover stars with impressive volunteer careers.
Find your passion
Long-time volunteer Donna Falconer, recognised on the cover of the 2013/14 Dubbo White Pages® and Yellow Pages® for establishing volunteer charity Pink Angels, says finding something you enjoy doing is the most important step when becoming a volunteer.
“There are so many groups with great causes, but you can’t be everything to everyone,” she said.
“If you have a passion for what you do, it won’t be a chore and will become a part...