Volunteers at AMCS make a difference to the lives of many people in the community.
AMCS rely on volunteers to offer their expertise, resources and time to help us deliver our much-needed services. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, contribute to the community, help others and gain experience.
From board members and professionals to students and new migrants, we welcome you to join our team.
Do you speak a second language? AMCS welcomes all volunteers, but is especially searching for bilingual and multilingual people who would like to volunteer in their local communities. We’re currently looking for people who speak the community languages in the following regions:
Our companionship volunteers visit seniors in their homes or aged care facilities for a minimum of six months.
Weekly and fortnightly visits include:
sharing stories over a cup of tea
mutual hobbies and interests
watching TV or listening to the radio
reading books or newspapers
walking and outings
Many seniors speak languages other than English. Please let us know if you are bilingual or multilingual and we will match you appropriately.
We always need extra help in our day-to-day roles in supporting seniors. Activities include:
collecting food from Foodbank Victoria
proofreading and formatting documents
events and photography
direct mail outs
any other tasks to suit your skills
Every little bit helps.
As a marketing volunteer, you will promote AMCS across a variety of platforms. Activities include:
programs like Microsoft Office, Adobe and a content management system (CMS)
writing and research
direct mail outs
photography and video production
data entry and mail merge
You’ll need a can-do approach and previous experience with marketing, journalism or content creation.
Are you an experienced grant writer or looking to improve your skills? Funding is essential for AMCS to implement programs within CALD communities.
assistance with the application process
We apply to government departments, corporations, and trusts and foundations.
Thank you to AMCS Volunteers
AMCS is grateful for your hard work and dedication. In this video, AMCS Volunteer Coordinators express their appreciation.
Volunteers make a difference
Luigi and Danuta
Luigi started volunteering for AMCS to help seniors from multicultural backgrounds in Victoria.
Danuta, 87, lives in her home in Bentleigh. Her case manager referred her to AMCS for the Community Visitors Scheme. First, she enjoyed the company of several female Polish volunteers with similar backgrounds and upbringings.
AMCS then offered to connect her with Luigi. At first, she was reluctant because she did not believe she would have common interests with a male volunteer.
Three months later, they now appreciate every minute together.
“I always look forward to Luigi’s visits very much,” Danuta said. “I can chat for hours. He is not boring, and we talk about anything and everything.”
Danuta loves sharing her memories and travel stories, and Luigi adores her.
“I feel that I’m needed and my role as a volunteer is much appreciated,” Luigi said.
Rebecca and Theodora
Social Support individual client, Theodora, was excited to meet her volunteer, Rebecca, who also speaks her language. Theodora loves clothes shopping, cooking and welcomed us into her home with a freshly baked cake. She showed us her amazing recipes and gave tips and wisdom about food preparation. Rebecca loves Theodora’s stories and drives for 30 minutes to meet her weekly.
Claudia and Gina
Gina and her new volunteer, Emma, started phone calls during restrictions and they formed a bond straight away with their mutual passion for gardening. On 9 November 2020, they met in person at Gina’s backyard and discussed gardening and admired the thriving plants.
Emma and Aven
Aven, Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) Home Care client, loves art and painting. Claudia, a volunteer visitor, accompanied her to the National Gallery of Victoria, where Aven was full of knowledge about the artworks.
Whenever they meet, they visit the beach, grab a coffee or simply chat at Aven’s home.
“We try to do something different every time we’re together,” Claudia said. “Time always flies between us. This amazing experience allows me to learn from older people.”
Deb and Dana
I have been volunteering for a couple of years. Recently, I met Dana who lives nearby. Two years ago, Dana had a stroke and is struggling to recover. Her mobility is limited to a few steps with a walker and a couple of falls have left her frightened. She is pretty much stuck in her chair except for doctors’ appointments.
I pick Dana up weekly and we set off for a drive. We stop at a café for coffee and sometimes lunch. Each week, I find a different location for a change of scenery or maybe a little shopping trip. Dana is happy to go anywhere that gets her out of the house.
Slowly I noticed a change in Dana. When I arrive, she is always smiling and eager to set off for our few hours together.
One time, she thanked me and asked me why I wanted to help her.
I replied, “Dana, Why not?”
I strongly encourage anyone thinking of volunteering his or her time. Rewarding for everyone involved.